Clarke to captain Europe in inaugural World Champions Cup

Ronan MacNamara

Darren Clarke winner of The Senior Open Presented by Rolex at The King's Course, Gleneagles on July 24, 2022 (Photo by Phil Inglis/Getty Images)

Darren Clarke will captain Team Europe in the inaugural World Champions Cup against the USA and the Rest of the World from December 7-10.

This is a new seniors team event which will take place in the Concession Golf Club Florida and has been officially sanctioned by the PGA Tour Champions.

2011 Open champion and reigning Seniors Open champion Clarke will go up against fellow skippers Jim Furyk and Ernie Els in a competition that has been inspired by the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup.


The contest will involve Europe, USA and an International side going head to head for a three-day matchplay competition across nine hole matches in both team and singles matches.

Each team will earn a point per holes won in the 24 matches and the team with the highest points total across all the matches will be the winner.

“I am overjoyed to represent Team Europe as captain for the inaugural playing of the World Champions Cup,” Clarke said.

“I’ve been blessed to be a part of many team competitions all over the world and it is truly an honour to be selected as a captain along with Jim and Ernie, two of golf’s all-time great players.

“This is truly a first-of-its-kind global team competition and I cannot wait to compete this December.”

Qualifying criteria will start with automatic invitations for each team being extended to the top two points earners in the WCC’s career-based rankings while the Chairman will pick two spots.

The remaining places for each team will be determined by the end of year Charles Schwab Rankings.

Clarke played on five Ryder Cup teams and was the European captain in 2016.

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