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Paul McGinley Not Yet Backing Darren Clarke as Ryder Cup Captain

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Former teammates Paul McGinley and Darren Clarke celebrate with the Irish flag after Europe retained the 2006 Ryder Cup over the United States.

Paul McGinley is keeping a tight lip on who he plans to back for 2016 European Ryder Cup Team Captain.

According to Press Association Sports, the lauded 2014 European captain is still undecided as to where he will throw his support during the upcoming selection process, despite rumors that Northern Irishman Darren Clarke is the strong favorite.

"I haven't fully made my mind up yet about who I'm going to recommend. We're still communicating, there are a number of people involved in making that decision - current players, potential players going forward, and people who are associated with the Ryder Cup," McGinley said in an interview. "I'm gathering information from everyone and I want to get a really solid view of what everybody thinks before I bring my ideas forward. We're working on it and in the next couple of months we'll have a new captain in place and the wheels will be turning towards another Ryder Cup."

McGinley's recent statements echo those from last fall, when he indicated he would consult with as many people as necessary before adding his input.

The selection for the next European Ryder Cup captain includes former captains Jose Maria Olazabal and Colin Montgomerie, and other European Tour officials.

Clarke has played in five Ryder Cups and helped lead the Europeans as vice captain in 2010. His and McGinley's relationship has been strained since Clarke withdrew support for McGinley's 2014 bid, but McGinley maintains that the tension would be 'absolutely no problem' in his decision-making.

"...at this moment it's only right I stay neutral and am fair to all the candidates," McGinley said. "When I was trying to be captain, all I wanted was to be treated fairly by everybody so I think it's important I do the same now I'm involved in the decision making process."

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