Injury 'just a tweak', says cautious Clarke

If there was one word Darren Clarke wanted emphasised, underlined, capped up, the works, it was "precaution". But then it is the week before the Ryder Cup so he knew what to expect after withdrawing from the pro-am on the eve of the Linde German Masters.

If there was one word Darren Clarke wanted emphasised, underlined, capped up, the works, it was "precaution". But then it is the week before the Ryder Cup so he knew what to expect after withdrawing from the pro-am on the eve of the Linde German Masters.

Instead, Clarke was quietly practising his chipping, the bandage on his right wrist the cause of a potential scary story. "It's nothing much," he said. "Just a tweak.

"I felt a little tweak when I caught one a little heavy on the range. I went to the physios, who had a look at it and strapped it up purely as a precaution. For those reasons I pulled out of the pro-am.

"I have had stuff like this before. It's OK when I hit short pitch shots but it is on the longer shots that I feel it a little bit so I didn't want to play the pro-am and make it worse. But I'll be fine for the tournament."

Clarke will tee-off this morning alongside seven of his Ryder Cup team-mates. Luke Donald, after his victory last week in Switzerland, and Sergio Garcia were never going to play at Gut Larchenhof but there were two late withdrawals.

Neither, however, should worry the captain, Bernhard Langer. Lee Westwood has remained at home after his wife, Laurae, gave birth to their second child, Poppy Grace, on Sunday. David Howell is resting after going down with a heavy cold.

Langer is a busy man this week, for as well as playing he is the promoter of the event. But one subject dominates his thoughts and the team, plus Langer and his three assistants, Anders Forsbrand, Joakim Haeggman and Thomas Bjorn will meet for dinner this evening.

Langer was naturally delighted that the three team members at Crans, Donald, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Garcia finished one, two and three. Whether he has manipulated the draw here is doubtful but for those who cannot stop themselves reading between the lines, Clarke is playing with Paul Casey and Paul McGinley is alongside Colin Montgomerie.

As for next week, Monty says he will be happy to play with "anyone who wants to put his name down next to mine". The Scot is just back from a weekend at EuroDisney with his three children. "Four kids together, but we survived," he said. "I did well, I thought, to bring back the same number of kids as I left with, very encouraging."

Asked if a Ryder Cup still excited him, he said: "Oh God yes. I can't speak for the rookies, but I've had 14 bloody years of this and there's still excitement and anticipation. When you put your team uniform on and go to the airport you feel very honoured indeed. That should and never will change."

¿ The European Tour's Heritage tournament due to take place in two weeks has been switched from the Marquess course at Woburn to the adjoining Dukes course. The Marquess has suffered an attack of anthracnose disease over the last two weeks, which has led to a loss of grass on the greens.

Suggested Topics
News
peopleFrankie Boyle responds to referendum result in characteristically offensive style
Arts and Entertainment
Friends is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year
tvSeries celebrates 20th anniversary
Sport
Yaya Touré (left) and Bayern Munich’s Spanish defender Juan Bernat
football
Life and Style
Jack Cooksey goes for the grand unveiling - moments before dropping his new iPhone 6 on the floor
iphone launch
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Life and Style
Life and Style
Customers look at the new iPhones on display at the launch of the new Apple iPhone 6 and iphone 6 plus at the Apple IFC store in Hong Kong
Arts and Entertainment
Liam Neeson said he wouldn't
tv

Liam Neeson's Downton dreams

Sport
Wembley Stadium
footballNews follows deal with Germany
Arts and Entertainment
A spell in the sun: Emma Stone and Colin Firth star in ‘Magic in the Moonlight’
filmReview: Magic In The Moonlight
Voices
voicesApple continually kill off smaller app developers, and that's no good for anyone
Sport
A 'Sir Alex Feguson' tattoo
football

Arts and Entertainment
Ben Whishaw is replacing Colin Firth as the voice of Paddington Bear
tv

Thriller is set in the secret world of British espionage

Life and Style
life

News
ScienceGallery: Otherwise known as 'the best damn photos of space you'll see till 2015'
Life and Style
fashion

Bomber jacket worn by Mary Berry sells out within an hour

Sport
Andros Townsend is challenged by Vladimir Volkov
football
Arts and Entertainment
Rapper Jay Z performs on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury in 2008
musicSinger sued over use of the single-syllable sample in 'Run This Town'
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam
'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

Exclusive extract from Janis Winehouse's poignant new memoir
Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

The Imitation Game, film review
England and Roy Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption in Basel

England and Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption

Welbeck double puts England on the road to Euro 2016
Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

Pictures removed from public view as courts decide ownership
‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

Donatella Versace at New York Fashion Week