Sunday, 17 January 2016

Clarke Starts Ryder Cup Year with Win

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Captain Darren Clarke heaped praise on experienced duo Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter after Europe's comprehensive victory in the EURASIA CUP presented by DRB-HICOM.

Clarke's men dominated across the three days and won 18½-5½ to lift the trophy for the first time.

Captain's picks Poulter and Westwood were two of three players to deliver a point on all three days of the tournament and Clarke hailed the influence of the pair.

Clarke said: "What Lee and Poults have brought to the team room has been priceless. They have been very, very good. All the young kids have listened to them, they have all learnt from them."

Dane Søren Kjeldsen, who was one of nine Europeans to win their singles match on Sunday, echoed his captain's sentiments. 

"I thought early on in the week, Darren and Lee and Ian standing up in the team room, talking about the importance of this event, and you felt like they brought that fire, that Ryder Cup fire they brought to this tournament," said Kjeldsen.

"I think it sort of lifted all of us to feel the importance of this event to those guys that have done it all a million times before. A big credit to them for lifting the whole team."

Clarke, who will captain the European Ryder Cup team at Hazeltine later in the year, enjoyed gaining experience this week.

He added: "I've enjoyed it immensely. It's been a wonderful learning experience for me. I've been around the game a long time and done most things in the game and been fortunate to do so.

"This is different. I really enjoyed it. The guys seemed to listen to what I had to say, and if my little part of it has helped them along, then well be it."

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