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Clarke withdraws from Masters with hamstring injury

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AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 06: Oliver Wilson of England watches a tee shot during a practice round prior to the 2009 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 6, 2009 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)  - 

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Europe’s chances of winning the Continent’s first green jacket in over a decade took a hit this week with news Darren Clarke would not play the event because of a hamstring injury.

According to Clarke’s manager with International Sports Management, Clarke injured his right hamstring playing tennis with his children in the Bahamas a few weeks ago.

“He was going for a drop shot and it just popped,” said ISM’s Chubby Chandler. “It’s tough because he’s got a bit of game at the moment.”

Clarke has just three starts this season and Chandler said his man hopes to be healthy enough to play an event in Korea in two weeks. The Northern Irishman has 11 starts at Augusta National but just a single top-10 finish in 1998, his first Masters.