Darren Clarke’s Dutch Delight Gets Tastier.

Darren Clarke seemed so pleased he needed just 15 minutes on the Hilversumsche practice range immediately after grabbing birdies at his closing two holes in a third round 67 to move to three under par in the KLM Open at Hilversum.

Four players, England’s Graeme Storm Scotland’s Scott Jamieson and the Spanish pair of Pablo Larrazabal and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano share first place on 12 under par.

Clarke has got better with each round in posting scores of 72, 68 and his three under par tally on day three.

Darren Clarke posts a third round 67 in the centenary KLM Open. (Photo – Eoin Clarke/www.golffile.ie)

The effort saw the 2011 British Open winner jump 26 places to be in a tie for 31st ahead of day four of the centenary Dutch event.

“It was a little bit better but then there was a couple of disappointing ones,” said Clarke.

“So it seems I am getting better with each day and let’s hope that continues tomorrow.”

And Clarke also expressed his delight in competing on the Harry Colt designed Dutch course given that Holt also designed Royal Portrush and just a drive and a chip shot from Clarke’s new home in Northern Ireland.

“There is nothing better than a Harry Colt designed course as he also designed Sunningdale and Royal Portrush, so I just love teeing up on his courses,” said Clarke.

“And also after such poor weather the past two years over here it’s just so nice to play the course hard and fast, and how it should be played.

“It’s just brilliant and I just love the golf course.”

Once Clarke completes his KLM Open commitments he has two weeks off before joining the European Team travelling to Chicago and the September 27th commencing Ryder Cup.

“Of course, I would love to be teeing-up in Medinah so being a vice-captain is one of the next best things.” he said.

“However it’s going to be a very close encounter and I looking at both sides, I can easily seeing it coming down again to a point here or there.”

Clarke has a sponsor’s day next week in Manchester for Swiss watch maker, Audemars Piguet before then travelling to Scotland and the Archerfield course where he will co-host the Darren Clarke and Sir Ian Botham Celebrity Invitational.

Last year a sum of £400,000 was raised for both charity.

“The Invitational is something I am looking forward to you as we raised such a large sum last year,” said Clarke.

“It’s being held the Monday and Tuesday before we fly out to Medinah so it will be a couple of fun days before the seriousness of the Ryder Cup, and besides it’s all for a good cause.”




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