Published on Wednesday, 08 October 2014 06:00
Written by Super User
The very famous Rory McIlroy believes that it would be a very good idea if Darren Clarke is chosen to be captain for Europe in 2016, when the next Ryder Cup gets underway.
A 46-year-old Clarke is the favorite with many sportsbooks to become the captain for Europe, and the golfer is already backed by players like Graeme McDowell and Lee Westwood. IDSca.com
also believes that he could be the perfect choice, considering his reputation in the sport.
McIlroy is confident that Clarke would be the perfect choice to take the place of Paul McGinley, and the player also said that he too has ambitions to become captain, but not for a while.
The No.1 in the world said: “Obviously there have been a few names thrown about there, but I have said with a Ryder Cup being in America, I feel that Darren Clarke would be the perfect man to lead the team there, just because he has such a great reputation in the States.
“The fans really love him there and he has got a good rapport with everyone. I think he would be the right man to do it next time at Hazeltine.”
He added: “One day when the time is right I would love to be able to captain the European team and try and lead them to victory and if I do I will take a lot out of the way Paul captained the team last week.
“I know Paul took a lot out of the way Bernhard Langer captained the team in 2004 and he always had a lot of admiration for the way he did it.
“Yes, one day. It might be 20-25 years away from now but it would be great to do. It would be a great honour.”
At Gleneagles, McIlroy appeared to be somewhat lost on the first day of the Ryder Cup last week, but with every match, the golfer was able to make very good improvements. Justin Rose and himself were the only players from Europe to feature in each one of the five meetings.
The player’s best form was shown on the single on Sunday, when for 14 holes he was a projected eight under par when he took out Fowler 5&4, in what proved to be an very nice performance - one that was praised by who else but Jack Nicklaus.
also said that he was inspired to "step up and set an example" after being at the very top of the rankings.
"I felt a difference," said McIlroy. "I felt it was time for me to step up and be one of the leaders of the team, especially after the season I've had and being world number one.
"I needed to go out there and set an example and I'm just happy I was able to do that on Sunday. Personally my record in the Ryder Cup is important to me. In three Ryder Cups I haven't been beaten in the singles, I would love to keep that record going throughout my career.
"At the age of 25, to have won four majors and three Ryder Cups nine years younger than anyone else (Tom Watson was 34 when he did it), it is something I am very proud of.
"Paul (McGinley) has been involved in six Ryder Cups and is going to retire unbeaten. I don't think I will be able to emulate that at the end of the career. I would love to, but I am sure it won't all go our way in the next 20 years."
In the meantime, McIlroy is set to return to action right away in this week's Alfred Dunhill Links Championship this week and he’s very eager to win this competition.
"It's a tournament that I have played well at but never been able to win," said McIlroy, whose amateur partner in the popular pro-am event is his father Gerry. "I finished third in 2007 (enough to gain his European Tour card in his second event as a professional), second in 2009 and second again in 2011.
"I've been close so it would be nice to win, especially as it's my dad's 55th birthday on Sunday. If we can make the cut in the team event and be able to walk around St Andrews on his birthday and me have a chance to win the tournament as well, it would be very special."