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Published: 15:06 | 12/4/16

Clarke: McIlroy will win Masters

Ryder Cup captain backs countryman

It is inevitable that Rory McIlroy will win the Masters at some future date, believes Darren Clarke.

As Danny Willett secured a shock win at the weekend, the Augusta title again proved elusive to McIlroy, who has won all three other majors - the Open, the US Open and the PGA Championship (twice).

Ryder Cup captain Clarke, however, is in no doubt that his fellow Northern Irishman will eventually add the Masters crown to his collection.

"I have no qualms about Rory," the 2011 Open winner told Sky Sports News. "He is probably the most talented golfer in the world. He's so good (that) it's only a matter of time before he wins at Augusta.

"He didn't play his best at the weekend over there but you know he wants to win too much and too badly. I'm sure he's going to get back to winning ways very, very soon.

"Augusta is set up perfectly for him, and I have no doubt he is going to win there at some stage."

With seven Europeans coming home in the top 10 in Georgia, Clarke’s outfit appears to be well set to claim victory over the United States at Minneapolis's Hazeltine National Golf Club this autumn.

As is to be expected, though, the skipper is currently focusing on who will be in his side rather than the battle itself.

"Any time you see seven European in the top 10 at a major, that is going to be good news, especially in Ryder Cup year,” said Clarke.

“It was wonderful to see - I just hope they are all in the same form when it comes to September at Hazeltine.

"There is a long way to go yet before qualification ends. I'm sure the team make-up will change between now and then. My stats people say there are four people that are 100 per cent certain to be there but there is still long way to go and a lot can change.

"Even as a captain, I'm excited like everyone else to see who is going to make the team and who is going to miss out."

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