Clarke preparing for Denmark test

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Darren Clarke is looking forward to making his debut at the European Tour’s Made in Denmark this week.

The inaugural event attracted a star studded field last year and 2015 looks to be the same, with the Englishman joining local Thomas Bjorn and Marc Warren from Scotland as draw-cards.

“The guys who played here last year – the likes of Thomas Bjorn and Thorbjorn Olesen – said how good the event was, how big the crowds were and how good the atmosphere was,” the 47-year-old told europeantour.com.

“Everyone really enjoyed it so I was keen to try it for myself. The tournament itself is going to be another huge success this year and will be able to build on it again for next year.”

Clarke is winding down his time on the golf course as he takes on more responsibility as the Ryder Cup captain for Team Europe at Hazeltine in 2016.

Next year, Made in Denmark will have the unique honour of being the final event where players can pick up points for Ryder Cup selection. As a result, Clarke went on to outline its importance.

“It’s going to be the last counting event for Ryder Cup points next year which is obviously a worthy stature and an indication of where the European Tour wants the tournament to go,” added the former Open Championship winner.

“Not many tournaments get the opportunity to be the final counting event. I’ve no doubt this event is up to that standing and I’m looking forward to helping it grow in stature. I’m hoping that the guys on the cusp of making the team next year will come here and play.”

Clarke will tee off in Farso on Thursday afternoon alongside Dane’s Bjorn and Thorbjorn Olesen

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