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Lee Westwood believes Darren Clarke would be the ideal candidate to captain Europe at the 2014 Ryder Cup

Last Updated: 09/10/12 9:46pm

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Lee Westwood (R) believes Darren Clarke (L) is the outstanding candidate to lead Europe in 2014

Lee Westwood (R) believes Darren Clarke (L) is the outstanding candidate to lead Europe in 2014

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Lee Westwood believes close friend Darren Clarke would be the ideal man to captain Europe in the 2014 Ryder Cup match at Gleneagles.

Clarke was one of Jose Maria Olazabal's four assistants during Europe's remarkable victory at Medinah ten days ago and performed the same role for Colin Montgomerie at Celtic Manor in 2010.

In addition he has five caps as a player and struck up a formidable partnership with Westwood in the event, most memorably at the K Club in 2006 when the duo won both their matches together.

Paul McGinley is currently the favourite to land the captaincy for the match in Scotland in two years' time, but Westwood believes Clarke is the man European golf should turn to.

"There are a lot of good candidates but if I was asked to pick I would pick Darren," the Englishman said. "He's been a Ryder Cup stalwart for many years.

Very astute

"The one at the K Club (in 2006) will be remembered for him and his great performance under the stress of what he was going through at the time (his wife Heather had recently died).

"He's a major champion, he's a very good public speaker which I think has to be taken into account, tactically very astute. I think Darren has a lot of good things going for him.

"Paul (McGinley) is good in the team room and makes a great vice-captain. He's done a good job with the Vivendi (Seve) Trophy (twice a winning captain).

"Paul has played three (Ryder Cups), Darren has played five and got a major championship and won a lot more tournaments than Paul. You have to have a criteria somewhere and I think Darren just edges it for me."

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