Clarke Out with Knee Injury


Darren Clarke will skip two weeks to rest an ailing knee and return to action at next months Benson & Hedges International Open, his manager said.
The Northern Irishman had to pull out of this weeks Irish PGA. He has been hampered with knee problems since the Masters Tournament, two weeks ago. He competed in last weeks Seve Trophy at Druids Glen in Ireland.
Clarke, 33, wore a knee brace for his five matches. He helped Great Britain & Ireland defeat Continental Europe. He was advised by his physiotherapist not to play the team match-play event, but GB&I Captain Colin Montgomerie wanted him to compete.
Clarke would have withdrawn from the Irish PGA Monday, but waited until the last minute because it is being contested in his home country. He joins Irishman Padraig Harrington as players to pull out of the event. Harrington withdrew Tuesday due to a knee injury.
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