7 Oct 2010

Olazabal interested in Cup captaincy

6:00 am on 7 October 2010

Spain's Jose Maria Olazabal says he would love to lead Europe's bid to retain the Ryder Cup in 2012.

Olazabal was one of the European vice-captains as his team edged a dramatic victory over the United States on Tuesday, and the 44-year-old has already been installed as a leading contender to succeed outgoing skipper Colin Montgomerie.

With Montgomerie willing to relinquish his role as captain, the champagne corks had barely stopped popping at Celtic Manor before attention turned to the search for the right man to lead the team at Medinah Country Club in two years.

Olazabal says he would relish the honour if he is not kept sidelined by problems with rheumatism.

He says the experience of being part of the victorious European effort is something he will never forget.