Ryder Cup: Darren Clarke out of contention

Published 19/08/2010 14:45:32

Veteran Ryder Cup competitor Darren Clarke, a man who has taken part in five Ryder Cups, has decided to withdraw from the final two competitions offering qualification points for the European Ryder Cup team after evaluating his current odds on making the team.


With the Ryder Cup Preview shows well under way and with the event lined up for Sky television's new 3D channel, Clarke has admitted that he has found form too late to be considered for a captain's pick.


With Clarke set to attend the competition as one of captain Colin Montgomerie's vice-captains, he has been unlucky to see many of Europe's top golfers struggle to accrue enough points to make the team automatically, with players such as Justin Rose showing a distinct lack of enthusiasm to be involved in an event that many young golfers dream of taking part in.


Should the European team fail to perform in front of their own fans, with this year's competition taking place on European soil in Wales, it may well be the case that fans are left ruing the lack of enthusiasm that has characterised European qualifying, with Montgomerie being forced to use his captain's picks to choose players who many believe should be able to qualify automatically with ease.


Despite Clarke's absence, bookies and even those assessing Ryder Cup Odds have been forced to concede that it may not be a question of ‘if' Europe regains the Cup that they lost in 2008, but a question of how many points the Europeans can win by.


Should the unthinkable happen and the US retains the Cup, you should expect many to be lamenting Clarke's absence as a player for Team Europe.


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