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Last Updated: Monday, 25 September 2006, 11:35 GMT 12:35 UK
Clarke backs Europe for 2008 win
Darren Clarke with the Ryder Cup
Clarke says the Cup can stay in European hands
Darren Clarke says Europe have enough young talent to win a fourth Ryder Cup in a row in America in two years.

Three of last weekend's victorious team are in their 20s, and all 12 are probably young enough to feature again at Valhalla in Kentucky in 2008.

"It just shows the strength in Europe at the moment," said Clarke, 38.

"We've got some fantastic players, a great young bunch who have formed the basis of this team and we're going to be tough to beat again next time."

Clarke admitted that the presence in Valhalla of some of the players who were cornerstones of the team was more doubtful because of their age.

But he insisted Europe would remain favourites.

"Whether the likes of Jose Maria Olazabal, Colin Montgomerie and myself, some of the older guys, will be there I don't know," Clarke told Sky Sports News, "but they'll have a great chance of four in a row."

Darren Clarke
We drank a lot and partied a lot, just had a good night

Darren Clarke
England's Paul Casey, Luke Donald, David Howell and wildcard Lee Westwood all played significant roles in the record-equalling 18.5-9.5 victory.

The quartet can be expected to form the heart of captain Nick Faldo's side in Valhalla in 2008, as long as they maintain their form.

And Spanish star Sergio Garcia, who won four out of five points in his fourth Ryder Cup, will be only 28 when Europe defend the trophy.

Clarke was at the centre of attention throughout the three days of the Ryder Cup because it was only the second tournament he had played since the death of his wife from breast cancer last month.

But he won praise from members of both teams for his ability to put his personal feelings to one side and play a key part in the victory.

Clarke, who was one of Europe captain Ian Woosnam's wildcard picks, also led the celebrations by downing a pint of Guinness in one shortly after the finish.

He said that both teams had socialised together throughout Sunday evening.

"We just partied," Clarke said. "We drank a lot and partied a lot, just had a good night.

"It's been a long week, a lot of pressure involved and all of us let our hair down and had a bit of fun.

"It was all our idea (to go and visit the American team), we're good friends, they were partying last night as well and we were a pretty good combination."

SEE ALSO
Clarke's sporting victory
25 Sep 06 |  Golf
Ryder Cup ratings
24 Sep 06 |  Golf
Ryder Cup: final day photos
24 Sep 06 |  Golf


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