Rory McIlroy, Darren Clarke and Sergio Garcia celebrate after Europe defeated the US for the 39th Ryder Cup at Medinah Illinois in 2012. Clarke is being tipped to lead next Europe team in US in 2016. Photograph: David Cannon

Darren Clarke favoured to follow Dubliner as Ryder Cup captain for Hazeltine in 2016

Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy of Europe celebrate winning the Ryder Cup after Jamie Donaldson defeated Keegan Bradley of the United States on the 15th hole. Photograph: David Cannon/Getty Images

Partnership could be renewed in future and Ryder Cup scheduled for Medinah in 2016

 United States team captain Tom Watson: “I had a different philosophy as far as being a captain of this team. You know, it takes 12 players to win. It’s not pods. It’s 12 players.” Photo: Harry Engels/Getty

Captain seemed distant from his players while his decision to drop Phil Mickelson on Saturday proved controversial

Europe’s Graeme McDowell celebrates winning his singles match on the final day  of the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles Golf Course, Perthshire.

“The Europeans kicked our butt,” conceded Tom Watson. He wasn’t wrong

Rory McIlroy of Europe puts his arm around Sergio Garcia of Europe after the afternoon foursomes yesterday at Gleneagles. Photograph: Harry How/Getty Images

United States lose early momentum after hosts overcome setback to take lead

Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose react after being announced as the first pairing for Europe for the 40th Ryder Cup, at Gleneagles in Scotland. Photograph: Reuters.

Ryder Cup European captain has pick of crop but not necessarily a winning hand

 Europe team captain Paul McGinley: his raised profile  is likely to prove beneficial to his  golf course design work, media deals and sponsorship deals.  Photo: Jamie Squire/Getty Images

While Paul McGinley is not paid directly for his captaincy, it is still a very lucrative role that pays huge dividends over the ye(...)

Tiger Woods of USA tees off on the first hole during the morning fourballs of the first day of the 2006 Ryder Cup at The K Club in  Straffan, Co Kildare, Ireland. His shot swung left and kept going until it found a watery grave. Photograph:  Donald Miralle/Getty Images

McGinley: scene will be of gladiators going into the arena to do battle

Europe’s Graeme McDowell during a practice session at Gleneagles Golf Course, Perthshire.

Alex Ferguson peps up the Europeans as McGinley finalises team pairings

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