Ryder captain to be named by Christmas: McGinley

Sun Oct 16, 2016 2:56pm EDT
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By Tony Jimenez

WATFORD, England (Reuters) - Former Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley expects Europe, beaten by the United States in Minnesota earlier this month, to name Darren Clarke's successor as skipper by the end of the year.

The Americans ended a run of three successive defeats in the biennial event when they overcame Clarke's side 17-11 at Hazeltine National.

According to media reports, Denmark's Thomas Bjorn and Padraig Harrington of Ireland are the frontrunners to take over as captain for the next edition in France in 2018.

"We'll be appointing a new skipper probably this side of Christmas," McGinley told Reuters in an interview after posting a final-round 75 at the British Masters on Sunday.

"We are very disappointed to have lost the Ryder Cup. It hurts to lose... the event goes from strength to strength, this time it didn't go our way but we'll re-galvanize and come at the Americans again."

McGinley, who finished in a share of 54th position with a two-under-par total of 282 at The Grove course on the outskirts of London, explained how the selection process for the next Ryder Cup would work.

"There are five people making the choice, the three most recent captains - Darren, myself and Jose Maria Olazabal -combined with European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley and someone nominated by the Players' Committee," said the 49-year-old Irishman.

"I believe that player is (British Open champion) Henrik Stenson. Hopefully we'll get together before Christmas, get that decision made... and go on to regain the Ryder Cup."   Continued...

FILE  PHOTO - Captain Paul McGinley poses with the Ryder Cup after the closing ceremony of the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in Scotland September 28, 2014. REUTERS/Phil Noble