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Olazabal closes on Ryder captaincy as his last few rivals give their blessing

Jose Maria Olazabal could be appointed as Colin Montgomerie's successor as early as next week. A European Tour source has revealed the Tournament Players Committee will discuss who will lead the defence of the Ryder Cup in Chicago at a meeting in Portugal on Tuesday – and such is the support for the Spaniard the position of Europe captain will be his to accept or decline.

Montgomerie 'on guard' to ensure no Ryder Cup betting coup

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Jimenez opts to play at Gleneagles to defend his place in Ryder Cup team

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The Hacker: Red splodge drives me dotty but it's not such a bum deal for Mike

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Rock in a hard place after signing blunder

England's robert Rock opened the Irish Open with a six-under 65 here yesterday – and was then disqualified for signing for a wrong score.

Clarke's Tour time wins Monty vote of confidence

Darren Clarke admits he has not always seen eye to eye with Colin Montgomerie, while Thomas Bjorn once called him "a 40-year-old behaving like a three-year-old". But they, along with Paul McGinley, are to be the Scot's three assistants when he captains Europe in the Ryder Cup in two months' time.

Clarke named among Ryder Cup vice-captains

Darren Clarke was today unveiled as the 'third man' to help Europe try to win back the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor in Wales on October 1-3.

Clarke lined up to be Ryder Cup vice-captain

According to reports last night, Darren Clarke is to be announced today as one of Colin Montgomerie's vice-captain's for the Europe team which contests the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor in October.

Casey within striking distance of glory

Home hope faces final day of destiny after closing gap on leader Oosthuizen

Clarke fails Scottish test but wins Open spot

Darren Clarke lost the Scottish Open but won a spot in this week's Open Championship yesterday. The big Ulsterman failed to stop the charge of Edoardo Molinari who joined his brother Francesco as a European Tour winner.

Rain whets Clarke's title appetite

Darren Clarke will take a three-shot lead into the weekend of the Scottish Open with his mouth as dry as his waterproofs are wet.

Clarke dreaming of ticket to Open

It's been too long since Darren Clarke has been atop of a big-time leaderboard, but there the big Ulsterman is, looking as imposing as he always did after a first-round 65. From announcing he was considering walking away last month, Clarke has marched right back in again.

The Hacker: Girl power gives blokes the bum's rush at Portrush

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