Rory McIlroy backing Darren Clarke as next European Ryder Cup captain

Rory McIlroy and Darren Clarke
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Rory McIlroy is behind Darren Clarke, his fellow major winner from Northern Ireland, to lead the Europeans to Hazeltine in 2016.
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Series: Ryder Cup

Published: Wednesday, October 01, 2014 | 7:24 p.m.
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland – Rory McIlroy is backing Darren Clarke as the next Ryder Cup captain for Europe. 
McIlroy was among influential voices who threw support behind Paul McGinley when Europe was choosing a captain for Gleneagles. McGinley pushed all the right buttons as Europe sailed to victory over the Americans last week. 
Clarke and Miguel Angel Jimenez have been mentioned as possible captains for Hazeltine in 2016. 
McIlroy said on Wednesday that Clarke would be "the perfect man to lead the team there." 
The world's No. 1 player says it's important to have a captain who is known in America. He says the American fans always have liked Clarke. 
A panel of the last three captains (McGinley, Jose Maria Olazabal and Colin Montgomerie), a player from the European Tour's Tournament Committee, and European Tour chief George O'Grady will select the next captain.