Ryder Cup remains Darren Clarke’s top priority, even if it is impacting on his own game

Darren Clarke
Darren Clarke

Darren Clarke admits his Ryder Cup duties are having an effect on his game.

The European captain is preparing to embark on the Italian Open at Golf Club Milano in the Parco Reale di Monza.

Clarke, who has yet to record a top-10 finish on the European Tour since winning the Open in 2011, missed the cut in the KLM Open last week and admits his Ryder Cup commitments have had an impact on his golf.

“I do have a lot of things going on at the moment and the Ryder Cup is starting to bite into my time, but I don’t want to use that as an excuse as I am still trying to play and practice,” said Clarke.

“But there are a lot of other things going on, including getting ready to go to America for the Ryder Cup year-to-go celebrations (at Hazeltine) in the next two weeks.

“All that stuff can add to the frustration out on the golf course when you are not playing well, but that’s what I have got to do.

“My priority is the Ryder Cup and nothing else.”