Darren Clarke is to follow in fellow Irishman Paul McGinley’s footsteps and captain Team Europe at the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National.
Clarke, having participated in seven of the tournaments himself, was previously the overwhelming favourite to be announced as captain for the next renewal.
“I am naturally extremely proud to be selected as European Ryder Cup captain for 2016,” said the 46-year-old.
“The Ryder Cup has been a massive part of my life and my career, so to have the chance to lead Europe next year is a huge honour.”
A five-man panel today selected the Dungannon golfer ahead of Spain’s Miguel Angel Jimenez and Thomas Bjorn of Denmark.
Clarke was twice a non-playing vice-captain in both victories in 2010 and 2012 as well as winning the tournament four times as a player, and his record sees him only losing once at Brookline in 1999.