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Clarke out of US Open with groin injury

ESPN staff
May 28, 2012
Darren Clarke wants to be 100% ready for his Open defence © Getty Images

Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke has revealed that injury will force him to miss the US Open in San Francisco next month.

Clarke, 43, has been told by doctors to rest a groin problem in order to make sure he is fit to defend his Open title at Royal Lytham during July.

"I am extremely disappointed as Open champion that I will not be able to play the US Open," Clarke said.

"But I have to make sure I am 100% ready for Royal Lytham and I have been advised not to play for a month. I've not been able to get through the ball properly and I don't want to take any chances."

The news deals another blow in what has been a disappointing season for Clarke, who has failed to make a halfway cut this year.

Clarke will also miss the Nordea Masters in Stockholm, with the hope being he is able to return at his home course of Royal Portrush for the Irish Open, which starts on June 28.

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