Darren Clarke has been named as the European team captain for the 2016 Ryder Cup which takes place in Minnesota.
Clarke was unanimously voted in by the panel consisting of former captains Paul McGinley, Jose Maria Olazabal and Colin Montgomerie.
European Tour Chief Executive George O’Grady and player’s rep David Howell made up the rest of the panel.
The 46 year old faced competition from Miguel Angel Jimenez and Thomas Bjorn to lead Europe into battle but he eased through the selection process.
The Northern Irishmen was Vice Captain under Montgomerie in 2010 and more famously in 2012 with Olazabal in the Miracle in Medinah.
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Clarke was delighted to be named captain as he said, ‘The Ryder Cup has been a massive part of my life and my career, so to have the chance to lead Europe next year is a huge honour.’
Having played in five Ryder Cups and vice captain in two more Clarke has plenty of experience to knows what is required to retain the cup.
The Irishman is famously remembered for winning all three of his matches in the 2006 Ryder Cup just weeks after his wife Heather past away after losing her battle with cancer.
Davis Love III is the favourite to be name the USA captain. If he is selected in the announcement next week he will be the first losing captain to return to the helm.
Europe have been on a hot streak in the Ryder Cup having won six of the last seven competitions including the last three in a row.
Montgomerie told Sky Sports News the pressure will be on Clarke to retain the Ryder Cup against the determined American in their own back yard.
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