Clarke to be unveiled Wednesday?

The announcement will be made once the five-man selection panel have selected Paul McGinley's successor after a meeting at the European Tour's Wentworth headquarters.

Northern Irelands Darren Clarke is one of three candidates along with Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez and Thomas Bjorn of Denmark. The Irishman is the favourite with the bookmakers to land the captaincy.

The selection panel is made up of, McGinley, 2012 captain Jose Maria Olazabal, 2010 skipper Colin Montgomerie, tour chief executive George O'Grady and former Ryder Cup player David Howell.

The 46-year-old Clarke appears to have the backing of most of the team that beat the United States in Scotland in September, including world number one Rory McIlroy.

Four-times major winner McIlroy said last month that Clarke would be a perfect fit in the US where he is a popular figure.

The successful candidate is likely to be going head-to-head with Davis Love III at Hazeltine, Minnesota next year after the Golf Channel reported on Monday that the 1997 US PGA Championship winner would be named American skipper next week.

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