Darren Clarke prepared to play Gleneagles course

Darren Clarke
Darren Clarke has struggled to retain the form which saw him win The Open

Open champion Darren Clarke would put his personal opinion to one side and play at Gleneagles next year if he needed to qualify for the Ryder Cup.

Clarke has strongly criticised the PGA Centenary Course at Gleneagles, which will stage the 2014 Ryder Cup.

It will also host the final qualifying event for Europe's team in 2012.

Clarke said: "I just can't see it as a Ryder Cup venue but if I had to go back I definitely would. The Ryder Cup is much more important than my opinion."

The 43-year-old Ulsterman hopes to make Jose Maria Olazabal's side to defend the trophy at Medinah in Chicago.

Speaking about the Centenary Course during the 2007 Johnnie Walker Championship, Clarke said:

"It's unbelievable they chose to stage the 2014 Ryder Cup on this course.

"There are unbelievable courses in Scotland, not least of which are the two others at Gleneagles, the King's and Queen's."

"So it's beyond my comprehension they've chosen to have the Ryder Cup on this course.

Making the trip north may become a moot point however, with Clarke's Open triumph at Sandwich coming before the qualifying race began on September 1.

Since lifting the Claret Jug, Clarke has played in four European Tour events, missing the cut twice and finishing 68th and 35th in the Bridgestone Invitational and European Masters, the opening qualifying event.

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