Monday 26 September 2016

Struggling Clarke pulls out of US open

Published 10/06/2016 | 02:30

Clarke has not recorded a top-10 finish on the European Tour since winning the Open Championship in 2011. Picture Credit: Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images
Clarke has not recorded a top-10 finish on the European Tour since winning the Open Championship in 2011. Picture Credit: Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images

European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke has withdrawn from next week's US Open at Oakmont.

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Clarke has not recorded a top-10 finish on the European Tour since winning the Open Championship in 2011 and has missed the cut in six of his last seven tournaments - a run that has seen him plunge to 670th in the world rankings.

He said in a statement: "I'm currently dedicating all of my time to our preparations for the Ryder Cup and unfortunately the US Open is not the place to be when your game isn't 100pc.

" I'm very sorry to miss Oakmont but I'm sure it will be a brilliant week"

The 47-year-old Northern Irishman has missed the cut in the US Open for the last three years. He has competed in the event 15 times, with his best finish coming in 1999.

Irish Independent

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