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Clarke pulls out of US Open with injury

The British Open champion’s next appearance is likely to be at Royal Portrush as he has also decided to give the Nordea Masters a miss.

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DARREN CLARKE WILL not compete in next month’s US Open after being advised to rest a persistent groin problem.

The current British Open champion has been bothered by the injury for the past month, at the Masters and during the BMW Championship last week, and has decided he won’t travel to San Francisco.

The 43-year-old, who has failed to make a cut all year,  has also pulled out of the Nordea Masters in Sweden in a bid to be right for the defence of his title at Royal Lytham in July. He is still expected to play the Irish Open on his home course at Royal Portrush, which starts on June 28, however.

“I am extremely disappointed as Open champion that I am unable to play the US Open,” the BBC report Clarke as saying.

I have to make sure I am 100% ready for the Open and to do that I have been advised not to play for a month.”

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