Ryder Cup captaincy is yours if you want it, Olazabal

By Graham Otway for MailOnline

Jose Maria Olazabal will be told on Tuesday he can take Europe's Ryder Cup captaincy for 2012 if he wants it.

The 44-year-old Spaniard is expected to be the only candidate considered when Europe's powerful Tournament Committee meet in Abu Dhabi.

Lead role: Olazabal has the chance to captain Europe in 2012

Lead role: Olazabal has the chance to captain Europe in 2012

Behind-the-scenes talks have established that Olazabal feels he is capable of leading Europe's Cup defence at Medinah despite his chronic back problems.

All that has to be finalised is his support team to monitor potential team members when Olazabal is unable to play in tournaments.

One influential committee member said: 'It would be fair to say the committee and the Tour want Jose Maria to be captain. It's just a question of whether he accepts it.'

lazabal has played seven times for Europe in the Ryder Cup, featuring in three wins, and was a vice-captain to Nick Faldo at Valhalla in 2008.

He stepped in to help Colin Montgomerie last year at Celtic Manor when rain caused havoc.

lazabal's one reservation is that his injured back will prevent him playing alongside and bonding with players.

Scotland's David Drysdale, who has never won in 11 years on the European Tour, goes into today's final round of the Joburg Open one shot off the lead after a four-under-par 67 at Royal Johannesburg.

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