Clarke relishing return to Macao

Major winner Darren Clarke is looking forward to returning to Macao to take part in the 2016 Venetian Macao Open in October.

The 2011 Open winner, who will captain the European team at this year's Ryder Cup, will be taking part in the tournament, which runs from October 13-16, for the first time in 17 years. 

Two-time Macao Open champion Scott Hend of Australia has confirmed that he will be there to defend his title, but Clarke’s participation will certainly further boost the reputation of the US$1.1 million tournament. 

The Asian Tour’s richest tournament this year will likely be the Northern Irishman's first competitive outing after the Ryder Cup and it's one that he is certainly relishing.

“I’m looking forward to returning to Macao to play at this year’s Venetian Macao Open. I didn’t realise it has been that long since I came, these 17 years have gone by very quickly!, he told the Asian Tour's official website.

“The tournament comes shortly after the Ryder Cup campaign which will be a very intense period, so will be looking forward to getting back out on course and playing for myself.

“It will also feel like new ground for me as it has been so long, and just goes to show that even at my age, there are still plenty of new challenges out there! I remember it as a great event and no doubt it is at a completely different level now. I will make sure I prepare well so I am ready to take on the best on the Asian Tour and put on a good show.”