European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke is in no hurry to name his vice-captains for next year’s clash with the United States at Hazeltine, saying he wanted to give the candidates every chance to qualify as players first.
Davis Love III, the Northern Irishman’s American counterpart for the Sept. 30-Oct. 2 clash, announced four of his five vice-captains, including Tiger Woods, earlier this month.
Clarke, who is competing in the Australian Open, said he would wait until early April before finalising his list.
“Vice-captains are a tricky thing because the European formula has been that our vice-captains are guys that are still playing,” said the 47-year-old.
“Those guys are still very, very good players. I don’t want to go ask someone to be a vice-captain because that means I think they’re not going to make the team.
“I don’t want to insult anybody so I’m going to leave it until maybe Augusta next year to see how some of those guys are doing before I ask them.”
The U.S. Masters takes place at Augusta from April 7-10.
Paul McGinley picked Sam Torrance and Des Smyth as his vice-captains for Europe’s 2014 Ryder Cup triumph in early March of that year and Clarke said he did already have five names in mind.
“I’ll wait and see if one or two of them have a really good start to the year. If they’re playing that well with that much experience, I want them on the team,” he added.
“I know who I want but I want to give them a bit more time to play.”