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G-Mac, Donald back McGinley for Ryder captain

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Even this year’s Ryder Cup team seems split on which man should lead the Europeans in the 2014 matches at Gleneagles.

If you’re keeping score at home, Lee Westwood has backed Darren Clarke for the captaincy, and earlier this month the Northern Irishman took to Twitter to deny that the offer had already been extended. Meanwhile, world No. 1 Rory McIlroy has thrown his support behind Paul McGinley, and now, Graeme McDowell and Luke Donald have voiced their support, as well.

Though McDowell and Donald agree that both men should assume the captaincy at some point, perhaps even in succession (2014, ’16), G-Mac offered this, according to the AFP: “Both Paul and Darren would be great captains in their own right, but then Paul has kind of forged a little niche for himself given the way he has conducted himself in the Seve Trophy and the Ryder Cup vice-captaincy roles. He's a scholar of the game and a strategist and would probably be technically, if that's the right word, a good captain.”

An announcement is expected to be made in January, though European media reports suggested that Clarke has already been approached about the gig.

Asked why he would back McGinley, Donald told the AFP: “Personally, probably I have spoken a little bit more to McGinley. He always seems very up for the challenge. I do believe that if he doesn't get it this year, he probably won't get it. Whereas I feel like Darren will have other opportunities.”

Said McDowell, according to the report: “There should a pecking order of guys who are next in line, and Paul McGinley really has good enough credentials to be a Ryder Cup captain. Darren ... would make for a great captain in America as they love him over there. His personality suits America and they see him as the cigar-smoking, Guinness-drinking nice guy that he is.”