Clarke out of US Open

Groin injury scuppers trip to Olympic Club

Last Updated: 07/06/12 7:25pm

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Darren Clarke: Groin injury will sideline him for a month

Darren Clarke: Groin injury will sideline him for a month

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Open champion Darren Clarke has withdrawn from next month's US Open in San Francisco due to a groin injury.

Clarke has yet to make a halfway cut in 2012 and has been advised to rest a problem that first bothered him the week before last month's Masters.

The 43-year-old has also withdrawn from next week's Nordea Masters in Sweden, so his next appearance is now expected to be the Irish Open at Royal Portrush starting on June 28.

"I am extremely disappointed as Open champion that I will not be able to play the US Open," said the Northern Irishman, who earned a five-year exemption with his victory at Sandwich last year.

"But I have to make sure I am 100% ready for Royal Lytham (his Open defence is on July 19-22) and I have been advised not to play for a month.

"I've not been able to get through the ball properly and I don't want to take any chances."

Clarke, who has played only two US Opens since 2004, has not had a single top-10 finish since his triumph last summer, when he finally achieved his dream of a major title 20 years after he made his debut.

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