In the coming months, it wouldn’t surprise if the European Tour eliminated the suspense and named the next two Ryder Cup captains at the same time.
That’s what happened in 2005, when Ian Woosman and Nick Faldo were unveiled as captains for the 2006 and ’08 Ryder Cup, a move that was unprecedented at the time.
Darren Clarke and Paul McGinley are considered the co-favorites to land the gig in two years at Gleneagles. Many players, including world No. 1 Rory McIlroy, have said publicly that they would prefer to see McGinley captain the team in Scotland, then Clarke have assume the duties in 2016 at Hazeltine.
“There is an opportunity to do two at one time again,” Colin Montgomerie said Tuesday, via an unbylined report by Sky Sports. “Both are respected in the game and great candidates. The fact that Tom Watson has been made America’s captain should not color our judgment. We should have only one criteria – picking the best man for the job.”
Though a decision was expected to be announced next month in Abu Dhabi, European Tour chief executive George O’Grady cautioned Tuesday that the tournament committee vote might “not necessarily” happen at their next meeting.