Darren Clarke hasn't done much since winning the 2011 Open Championship and his subsequent, amazing, Guinness-filled victory lap. However, that win came with a five-year exemption on the PGA Tour. And after not using it to date, he plans to become a PGA Tour member when the 2013-14 season begins next month.
“I will be taking up my U.S. PGA Tour card next season, but that does not mean I am abandoning Europe,” the Ulsterman said in a release.
“I will be supporting my home tour as usual. I still feel I can be competitive at the highest level, I have always enjoyed America and the U.S. Tour in the past and I am looking forward to playing there more often again.”
Clarke has been playing abysmal golf the last two seasons, finishing 108th in 2012 and currently sitting 127th on the European Tour Order of Merit. His best finish in a PGA Tour-sanctioned event in 2013 is a T-21 finish at, you guessed it, the Open Championship.
Darren Clarke last played a modest PGA Tour schedule in 2007, the first year of the FedEx Cup concept.