Europe to pick Ryder skipper

The European Tour said a five-man selection panel would be holding a meeting on February 18 to decide the next skipper.

McGinley is on the panel along with Europe???s successful skippers from 2010 and 2012 ??? Colin Montgomerie and Jose Maria Olazabal ??? as well as European Tour chief executive George O’Grady and former Ryder Cup player David Howell.

The bookmakers believe the 2011 Open champion Clarke is the overwhelming favourite for the job, with Jimenez appearing to be his only serious rival. ?? ?? ?? ?? ????

Europe have won eight of the last 10 Ryder Cup matches against the United States and they will defend the trophy at Hazeltine, Minnesota in 2016. ?? ??