PAUL McGINLEY'S successor as European Ryder Cup captain could be announced next Wednesday, with Northern Irishman Darren Clarke and Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez leading the chase for the coveted role.
The European Tour said that the five-man selection panel would be holding a meeting next Wednesday to decide the next skipper.
McGinley is one of the members of the panel along with 2010 captain Colin Montgomerie, 2012 skipper Jose Maria Olazabal, European Tour chief executive George O'Grady and former Ryder Cup player David Howell.
The bookmakers list 2011 British Open champion Clarke as the overwhelming favourite for the job, with Jimenez appearing to be his only rival.
Holders Europe will defend the coveted trophy at Hazeltine, Minnesota in 2016.