The Masters 2013: Darren Clarke withdraws with hamstring injury

Matthew Lewis

The field at The Masters is back down to 93 after Darren Clarke was forced to withdraw early in the week.

Darren Clarke, one of the most popular players in this year's Masters field, has withdrawn from the tournament, citing a hamstring injury. Clarke is a favorite in the clubhouse, particularly of Tiger Woods. But he's struggled since his career-defining British Open win at Royal St. George's in 2011. He's played in four of the five majors since that win, missing three cuts and finishing outside the top 50 at last year's PGA Championship.

Clarke made the announcement on his website, releasing the following statement:

"It is with deep regret that I will not be able to play at Augusta this year," said Darren. "Playing in The Masters is one of golf's greatest pleasures and I am very disappointed to be missing out."

He suffered the pulled hamstring last week in The Bahamas, and withdrew from the Texas Open in order to try and rest up for The Masters.

Clarke's record at The Masters is not exactly brilliant, with a T8 in 1998 as his best showing. The Open Championship victory earned him a five-year exemption at Augusta, where he had not played in four years before that major victory in 2011. It's unlikely Clarke will be at Augusta beyond the current five-year exemption, so the injury is likely significant if it's forced him to waste one of those chances and withdraw so early in the week.

Clarke's WD does not open up a spot for anyone else, however, because this is Augusta National Golf Club and there are no alternates. The loss of Clarke is not a huge blow to the field, as he probably wasn't a contender in the way Dustin Johnson (who WD) was last year. The field now stands at an odd 93.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.