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Clarke serves up return after tennis injury



Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke on Tuesday said he hoped to make a strong return to action in Indonesia this week after missing the US Masters with a hamstring injury he picked up playing tennis.

Clarke, the 2011 British Open winner who will play the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters in Jakarta, has endured a frustrating five-week spell on the sidelines after pulling his hamstring playing tennis with his children.

"I was playing tennis with my kids and I thought I was 24 and not 44! Unfortunately I had to pull out from Augusta and Korea (the Ballantine's Championship) last week," he said, in a press release from organisers.

"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 is fine now," Clarke added.

"I couldn't do anything. I could hardly walk, hit golf balls or putt. I had to sit at home and watch (the Masters)... I only watched the last round on television because if I watched every day, then I would have been frustrated."

Clarke will be one of the main attractions in Jakarta, along with four-time major-winner Ernie Els and New Zealand's Michael Campbell, the 2005 US Open champion.

And the popular Clarke said he hoped to benefit from some advice from Lee Westwood, a two-time winner of the Indonesian Masters.

"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."

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