Darren Clarke Named Captain of European Ryder Cup Golf Team

Former British Open winner Darren Clarke has been named captain of the 2016 European Ryder Cup team.

Clarke, of Northern Ireland, will succeed Paul McGinley, who led Europe to its third successive win over the U.S. at Gleneagles in Scotland in September.

Clarke played in five Ryder Cup events, winning four.

The 2016 tournament will be played at Hazeltine National Golf Club on the outskirts of Minneapolis.

The U.S. team hasn’t officially named a successor for captain Tom Watson, whose leadership was criticized by Phil Mickelson after it suffered a 16 1/2-11 1/2 loss at Gleneagles, the biggest margin since 2008.

The Associated Press reported last week Davis Love III would return as U.S. captain.

Love was in charge of the U.S. squad that suffered a record Ryder Cup collapse in 2012. Europe won eight of the 12 singles matches and drew one on the last day at Medinah Country Club outside Chicago to tie the biggest comeback in history and retain the trophy.

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