Monday 18 December 2017

Donald backs McGinley for Ryder Cup captaincy

James Corrigan

Luke Donald has joined Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell in supporting Paul McGinley's candidature as the next European Ryder Cup captain, suggesting that Darren Clarke should wait until the match in Minnesota in 2016.

The decision on the successor to Jose Maria Olazabal will not be taken until January at the earliest and despite the undoubted strength of Clarke's claims, the debate among the 15-man Tournament Committee looks sure to be in-depth; particularly with three of European golf's biggest names having declared their preference for McGinley.

Donald became the latest, expressing the view that while Clarke is certain to land the captaincy at some stage, McGinley's chance starts and ends with the next match at Gleneagles in two years' time.

"I do believe if Paul doesn't get it this year he probably won't get it at all, whereas I feel like Darren will have other opportunities," he said.

"From a personal point of view, and probably because I have spoken a little bit more to Paul, I find him a little bit more outgoing with me.

"I would support McGinley as he's been very diligent, very enthusiastic and whenever I have been around him I have enjoyed it," he said. "He just has a really good team vibe. He seems to think about the small things."

Meanwhile, Tiger Woods must rediscover his scoring touch if he's to overhaul red-hot Robert Garrigus in the CIMB Classic at The Mines Resort in sweltering Kuala Lumpur.

Woods was tied fifth on nine-under-par and five off the pace in the US Tour-sanctioned event after a laboured second-round 67, which looked very ordinary indeed alongside the back-to-back 64s posted by Garrigus off preferred lies.

Incidentally, Woods and Rory McIlroy will be wired for sound in Monday's head-to-head 'Duel at Jinsha Lake' Zheungzhou, China. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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