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Clarke says he would be honoured to be Ryder Cup captain

Associated Press

10/10/2012 10:08:52 AM

LONDON -- A day after being backed by Lee Westwood, 2011 British Open champion Darren Clarke says it would be a "huge honour" to be selected as Europe's next Ryder Cup captain.

However, Clarke has quashed speculation he is about to take up the role for Gleneagles, Scotland, in 2014 by tweeting Wednesday "to clarify..I have not been offered the Ryder Cup captaincy."

Jose Maria Olazabal's successor as captain will be announced in January. Europe retained the Ryder Cup in Medinah near Chicago on Sept. 30, coming from behind in Sunday's singles matches to beat the United States 14 1/2 to 13 1/2.

Westwood wants Clarke to be captain, saying "he's a major champion ... tactically very astute. I think Darren has a lot of good things going for him."