Clarke hopes RC captaincy will turn around his game

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Darren Clarke hopes the 2016 European Ryder Cup captaincy will help his game. 

“The captaincy might actually be a blessing in disguise in terms of my golf because it will take my mind away from practicing too hard and I’ll have a lot of things to focus on,” he told the European Tour's website. “Hopefully it will help me play a little bit better.”  

Except recent history shows that it’s practically a death sentence to one's game.

The last three European captains made 116 tour starts the year prior and during the Ryder Cup. They combined to record three top-10s while missing 54 cuts.

Clarke, now 46, hasn’t won since the 2011 Open Championship. His world ranking has tumbled to 470th, and he’s failed to play the weekend in six of his last eight European Tour starts.

Clarke is playing this week’s Joburg Open in South Africa.