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Darren Clarke receives US PGA invitation

Darren Clarke
Darren Clarke has returned to form in recent weeks

Darren Clarke has been invited to compete at the US PGA Championship for the second year running.

Clarke will take his place in the field for the final major of the year which takes place in two weeks' time at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin.

The course brings back mixed memories for the Dungannon player.

When the event was last staged there in 2004 Clarke shot 65 to lead on the first day, was joint third with a round to go, but then shot 76 to finish 13th.

"It's fantastic news - I'm absolutely delighted and feel very privileged and fortunate," said Clarke, who currently lies 21st in the Ryder Cup points table.

Asked for his main memory of Whistling Straits, he added: "A shank on the short 17th in the third round - a really bad one. I did well to make bogey."

Clarke recently finished second in the Scottish Open at Loch Lomond and also produced a creditable performance at the Open Championship at St Andrews.

He was then named as one of Colin Montgomerie's vice-captains for the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor in October.

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