Clarke makes a solid return to US
DARREN CLARKE marked his return to the US PGA Tour fold with a solid first-round 69 at the McGladrey Classic at Sea Island in Georgia.
After finding 11 fairways and hitting 15 greens in regulation, he probably should have been closer to joint clubhouse leaders Briny Baird and Brian Gay, who blazed a trail with seven-under-par 63s.
Clarke relinquished full membership of the PGA Tour seven years ago, but a return to the US circuit could spark a change in fortune.
The McGladrey Classic and next week's OHL Mayakoba Classic are two of at least 15 events Clarke is required to play on the 2013/14 US schedule.
American Rickie Fowler posted a sizzling first-round 63 to steal Adam Scott's thunder in the Australian PGA Championship at Royal Pines on the Gold Coast. Scott shared second on 65. The McGladrey Classic,
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