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Injured Darren Clarke pulls out of US Open


The Open champion, Darren Clarke, has pulled out of next month's US Open in San Francisco because of a groin injury. He was first troubled by the injury during last month's Houston Open and it was also a problem in the PGA Championship at Wentworth.

"I am extremely disappointed that I will be unable to play in the US Open," the 43-year-old Northern Irishman said "But I have to make sure I am 100 per cent ready for the British Open at Royal Lytham in July and to do that I've been advised not to play for a month."