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Darren Clarke pulls out of Northern Trust Open after injury

Darren Clarke has been forced to withdraw from the Northern Trust Open in California due to a chest muscle injury.

Clarke scored a seven-over-par 78 in the opening round on Thursday before pulling up and deciding he could not continue.

This is the same injury which caused the 45-year-old to miss the recent Qatar Masters and Clarke’s next scheduled event is pencilled in as the Honda Classic in Florida, which will commence from 27 February to 2 March.

Dustin Johnson is the current leader at the Northern Trust Open after hitting an impressive 66 in his opening round. Elsewhere, Ireland hero and two-time Open champion Padraig Harrington started his challenge for honours with a 75.