Darren Clarke set to return to action at Indonesian Masters

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Darren Clarke is due to return to competition this week having recovered from a hamstring strain that prevented him from playing in the Masters earlier in April.

The 2011 Open champion has been sidelined for over a month after suffering a seemingly innocuous injury while playing tennis with his children.

But the 44-year-old has flown to Jakarta ahead of this week’s Indonesian Masters, along with former US Open winner Michael Campbell.

He said in a press conference: “It has been a frustrating period. I’m not good at sitting and not doing anything. I’ve had intensive treatment on my hamstring and it’s fine now.”

However Clarke did see the funny side of his injury, adding: “I was playing tennis with my kids and I thought I was 24 and not 44!”

The Northern Irishman is in unfamiliar territory in this part of Asia, and admitted he sought advice from two-time Indonesian Masters winner Lee Westwood.

“I haven’t played here before but Lee has told me bits and pieces about the golf course,” he said.

“The greens and fairways are sensational here. It is set up tough but fair as well. It will be a good, fair and stern test.”

Clarke will be hoping he can follow in the footsteps of his friend Westwood, who has won the tournament both times since its inception in 2011.

He faces some stiff competition however from the likes reigning Open champion Ernie Els, and Simon Dyson – who won the Indonesia Open back in 2006.

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