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Clarke has no fear of USA's Ryder Cup stars

By Ali Gordon

Darren Clarke is confident that his European Ryder Cup team can beat the Americans despite Team USA boasting five of the world's top-10 golfers.

Davis Love III's side is widely regarded as having Team USA's best chance of winning since their last triumph in 2008.

"A lot has been made about how strong the Americans are - we are not doing too badly ourselves," said European captain Clarke.

"Don't forget we have got Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson, Sergio Garcia.

"We have got Danny Willett playing some of the best golf in the world at the moment."

Dungannon-born Clarke isn't underestimating Team USA which includes world number one Jordan Spieth, Bubba Watson and Rickie Fowler.

"They do have a number of young guys coming through in strong form, but we are a long way away from September," said the 2011 The Open champion.

The Americans have not won the Ryder Cup since 2008 at Valhalla when they won by five points to end Europe's streak of three successive victories.

Back on home soil after a three defeats to Europe, the Americans will be hoping that history repeats itself and Clarke is relishing the challenge.

He said: "Hazeltine is a tough assignment, unquestionably, but it's a great assignment."

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