Darren Clarke has been appointed captain for Europe’s 2016 Ryder Cup match against the United States.
The 46-year-old Northern Irishman was the odds-on favourite, following his vice-captainship during recent victories at Medinah and Celtic Manor.
Clarke, who will succeed skipper Paul McGinley, was one of three candidates up for the role – along with Spain’s Miguel Angel Jimenez and Thomas Bjorn of Denmark.
Clarke has a very strong record in the biennial team event, having been victorious in six out seven previous appearances as a player or vice-captain.
He could be set to go head-to-head with Davis Love III in Minnesota next year.
The Golf Channel reported that Love is set to be named American skipper next week.