No captaincy for Clarke in 2014?

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Long thought to be a favorite to captain Europe in the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, Darren Clarke may not be ready for the commitment just yet.

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Friday, January 11, 2013 | 12:51 p.m.

What looked to be a two-man race between Darren Clarke and Paul McGinley for the 2014 European Ryder Cup team captaincy position, may now still be a two-man race -- but with a different challenger for McGinley.

Colin Montgomerie, the winning European captain in 2010 at Celtic Manor in Wales, is something of a wildcard. The 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in Scotland will be the first contested in the country where golf was born since 1973. Monty, of course, is from Scotland. He mentioned earlier this week that he wouldn't turn down the opportunity to be a repeat captain for the Europeans -- especially in 2014.

Clarke, who is beloved on both sides of the Atlantic, meanwhile, may have hinted that he doesn't like his chances of getting the nod for 2014.

Here's Clarke in a report by, following the second round of the Volvo Golf Champions in South Africa on Friday:

"As much as I would dearly love to be captain this may not be my time.

"I won one of the biggest prizes in golf by winning The Open and I am exempt for another three years (in the States).

"If I was given the opportunity to do the captaincy I'd effectively be throwing two of those years away.

"I'm still wrestling with it. It's a tough one for me, but to be honest with you I want to play golf."

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