"We're ready"

Darren Clarke and Michael Campbell are ready for the big one by the California seaside...

Martin Park
Tue, 13 Jun 2000

One of Europe's best hopes, Darren Clarke, is ready to snare his first Major title this week at Pebble beach. The burly Irishman from Dungannon in County Tyrone has seen Pebble and is happy with the way it is set up and he says it should suit his game.

World Matchplay Champion Clarke, who grew up on a diet of links golf at Royal Portrush, will have to rely on his instinctive skills around the links-like Monterrey Course as he has never played it before in tournament conditions.

"If the wind blows I might be at a bit of a disadvantage, having not played here before, but you know where all the trouble is. There are no hidden dangers," Clarke said after his first practice round.

"It's a better course than it looks on TV, demanding but fair. There are 18 fantastic holes out there.

"If I can keep some of the form I had a couple of weeks ago, hopefully I can get into a position to challenge. I can play a bit now and again."

And Michael Campbell, who received a last minute call up for the US Open has history around windy courses. The Kiwi finished a sad third behind John Daly at St Andrews in 1995 in "THE" Open, but his performance over the first three days in howling conditions in a major Championship will spur him on to perhaps his first big one, now that he has won a few this year!

"The more it blows, the better for me," said Cambo. I'm used to playing 120-yard five-irons (into the wind) and 190-yard wedges when the wind's behind you."

Watch out for these two! It could be good news for the European Tour boys this week.



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