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Clarke insists his support for Monty was misunderstood

Building bridges will mend some fences but not all

Forget the fact that their friendship was strained long before the 2014 Ryder Cup captaincy race. Darren Clarke sat down the Daily Mail in Florida and set about fixing what he sees as a misperception of the incidents that led to the further breakdown of his relationship with Paul McGinley.

“Paul and I had a great conversation in Dubai,” Clarke told Oliver Holt in the Mail. “We must have stood and talked for an hour on the range. He was giving me tips and advice about what he had done. We had a great conversation there and I apologised to him.

While Clarke was not quoted in the media as mentioning Montgomerie by name, he claims in today’s Mail that his words were twisted and the wrong impression given.

“Did I support Monty that much? No. I was just trying to do what I thought was the right thing for the team. I wasn’t against Paul. I just saw options.

“I got accused of all sorts of bits and pieces, which were incorrect at the time. There was no point in me saying a word because I wasn’t going to go anywhere with it. All I was concerned about was doing the right thing for Europe and things got twisted and taken out of my hands.”

It promises to be an interesting summer for Ryder Cup watchers.


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