Clarke in no hurry to pick Ryder Cup vice-captains

Tue Nov 24, 2015 9:07pm EST
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By Nick Mulvenney

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Europe's Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke is in no hurry to pick his vice-captains for next year's clash with the United States at Hazeltine, saying he wanted to give the candidates every chance to qualify as players first.

Davis Love III, the Northern Irishman's American counterpart for the Sept. 30-Oct. 2 clash, announced four of his five vice-captains, including Tiger Woods, earlier this month.

Clarke said he would wait until early April before finalizing his list.

"Vice-captains are a tricky thing because the European formula has been that our vice-captains are guys that are still playing," the 47-year-old told reporters at the Australian Open on Wednesday.

"Those guys are still very, very good players. I don't want to go ask someone to be a vice-captain because that means I think they're not going to make the team.

"I don't want to insult anybody so I'm going to leave it until maybe Augusta next year to see how some of those guys are doing before I ask them."

The U.S. Masters takes place at Augusta from April 7–10.

Paul McGinley picked Sam Torrance and Des Smyth as his vice-captains for Europe's 2014 Ryder Cup triumph in early March of that year and Clarke said he did already have five names in mind.   Continued...

Aug 14, 2015; Sheboygan, WI, USA;  Darren Clarke chips from the rough on the 11th hole during the second round of the 2015 PGA Championship golf tournament at Whistling Straits. Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports - RTX1O9TG