Reigning British Open champion Darren Clarke is battling a groin
strain at the Shell Houston Open, the Associated Press reports.
Clarke, whose last victory in the U.S. came at the 2003 World Golf
Championships-Bridgestone Invitational, told the AP that he felt
the injury early in his round and it got progressively worse as the
day went on. While Clarke noted that rest was the best remedy for
his injury, he wasn't thinking about withdrawing from this week's
event at Redstone Golf Club. "I wanted to keep going, keep going
and keep going as I need to play all four rounds before the
Masters," he told the AP. Clarke is making his fifth career start
in the Shell Houston Open. After posting a second-place and a T4
finish in 2002 and 2005, he played just three rounds in his next
two appearances. The Northern Irishman shot 72-71 in his first two
rounds this week. At 1 under, he’s one shot outside the
projected cutline and may not have a choice about whether or not
he’ll be resting his injury this weekend.