Darren Clarke has pulled out of this week’s Dubai Desert Classic.
It is understood he was involved in what has been described by his management company as ‘minor traffic accident.’
The 2011 Open champion was entered for the final event of the European Tour’s “Desert Swing” but his name was missing from the entry list.
It is the final event of the European Tour’s three-tournament programme in the desert and features the first competitive outing of the season of world number seven Lee Westwood, who was runner-up in this event for a third time last year.
Northern Ireland’s Michael Hoey and Gareth Maybin are playing in the event along with defending champion Rafael Cabrera-Bello of Spain.
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