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Darren Clarke is relishing shot at new Asian Tour event the Ho Tram Open


Ryder Cup captain Clarke

Ryder Cup captain Clarke

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Ryder Cup captain Clarke

Darren Clarke will play in the inaugural Ho Tram Open, a $1.5million Asian Tour event at Bluffs Ho Tram Strip on Vietnam's spectacular south-central coast.

Ryder Cup captain Clarke, the 2011 Open champion, cited the increasing popularity of golf in Vietnam and the vision of Ho Tram Strip as reasons to compete in the tournament which takes place from December 3 to 6.

"All I keep hearing is that the resort and golf course are nothing short of world-class," said the Ulsterman.

"When I heard more about what the promoters were looking to achieve, it made the decision even easier. It's going to be a great week for everybody with plenty of good golf, excitement and entertainment."

Event officials have spared no expense on keeping guests, players, VIPs and sponsors entertained throughout the Championship week.

Clarke will be joined by a field of 144 players - including two-time European Tour winner and Bluffs ambassador Robert Rock - who will battle for a purse that is among the largest on the Asian Tour.

Belfast Telegraph