Clarke Reduces US Play Following Attacks

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Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke will reduce his playing schedule in America because of the terrorist attacks Sept. 11.
 
'Traveling is part of my job and I have got to go and play in the majors and the world championship events,' he told the British Broadcasting Company. 'But I will be going to America as little as possible. I will not be nipping backwards and forwards.'
 
He also agrees wholeheartedly with the decision to postpone this year's Ryder Cup, though he would retain the original schedule of playing in 2003, instead of 2002.
 
'From a personal point of view, I would have kept playing the Cup in the odd years,' he said. 'There was so many other events organized around the world and, as soon as we go into the even years, we are conflicting with other things.'
 
The decision to wait, however, was correct. 'Nobody really feels like playing golf at the moment, and the Ryder Cup is about rivalry and emotion,' he said. 'And right now is not the way it should be.'
 
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