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Clarke Aiming for America Success
Irishman Darren Clarke has opted to play full-time on the PGA Tour in 2014.
He is currently in the US playing in the McGladrey Classic and said that this is the first of a long-term commitment he is going to make to the States. His status as Open champion offers a lot of exemptions to the Tour and he intends to take advantage of that.
"I just want to go out and enjoy myself. I have traveled all over the world for a long time and I've had a great time doing it.
"I've almost had enough of the long hauls all over Asia and all that sort of stuff," Clarke said. "Not that it's bad, but coming over here is certainly a lot easier for me from a scheduling point view.”
Clarke plans on keeping his European Tour membership as well, but admits that “juggling both tours will be difficult.”
"My first commitment is to the (US) PGA Tour and I have to get my tournaments in on the tour since I became a member again, Clarke explained."
His world ranking has plummeted since winning his first Major. He is now ranked 283, but is hoping to rekindle some of the form he found on his previous sojourn to the PGA Tour in 2003.
Clarke has won the 2003 World Golf Championships Bridgestone Invitational and the 2000 WGC Match Play Championship, and had 14 top-10 finishes from 2003 to 2005.
His first event will be at Pebble Beach in January.