New Ryder Cup captain and Your Golf Travel ambassador Darren Clarke talks about his golfing heroes growing up and why he aspired to play like his idols.

Clarke reveals that Seve Ballesteros’ and Greg Norman’s aggressive style of play on the golf course was a big factor in why the Northern Irishman enjoyed watching the two legends of the game and believes some golfers are often too cautious when it comes to approach shots.

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Clarke will look back on the 1997 Ryder Cup with fond memories and will take inspiration from Ballesteros’ captaincy as he prepares to lead Europe out against the Americans in 2016. Under the Spaniard’s guidance, Europe claimed a 14.5 to 13.5 victory.

An unexperienced Ryder Cup rookie in 1997, Clarke has been part of the European side on five occasions and has been vice-captain twice.

 

Richard Forrester

Richard Forrester

Richard Forrester is an experienced sports writer, having worked at SportsVibe and written for numerous sporting titles including Golfing World, Birmingham Mail and Stoke City's website.

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