29 Sep 2011

British Open champion finds it hard to scale new heights

6:55 am on 29 September 2011

On the eve of the Dunhill Links Golf Championship, British Open champion Darren Clarke admits he's finding it difficult to motivate himself after his remarkable win at Royal St George's in July.

The 43-year-old Northern Irishman achieved his lifetime goal by winning the British Open and says it's hard to keep striving for more.

But another of Clarke's goals is to make a sixth Ryder Cup appearance next year and with a huge haul of points on offer this week in the event he is aware he can launch his Ryder Cup campaign in earnest.