Clarke finished in the top 10 in five of eight events in the U.S. But he still isnt where he would like to be yet.
No, I'm not nearly there obviously because I've been higher than what I am in the World Rankings, said Clarke. He stands 14th on the latest rankings list, while he was repeatedly in the top 10 in 2000 and 2001.
One of my goals this year was to get back into the Top 10 again and then go forward from there. My results so far this year have been okay. The way I'm playing is not really the way I want to be. I know, I've got a lot of improvement to do if I want to get up close to the guys at the top.
The British Masters is the first big tournament of the European Tour season, played at the Marriott Forest of Arden course in Warwickshire, England. The next four, incidentally, are all big events ' this week, the following week at the Nissan Irish Open, the BMW Championship and the Celtic Manor Wales Open.
Clarke is 36 now, but in many ways hes a different Darren Clarke. But the more things change, he says, the more they stay the same.
I'm certainly a little bit older and allegedly a little bit wiser, but I haven't changed anything else. I've always been the same way, says Clarke.
Just got into the workout thing, got a little bit fitter, little bit better shape. Apart from that, nothing else really changed.
His personality, his lifestyle hasn't changed being overseas?
No, he said with a laugh. I still do all the things you shouldn't do.
Clarke is always looking to get better. And that is still the case, despite his high finishes this year.
I'm sort of jumping around, he said, but it's not too bad. There's room for improvement - put it that way.