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Clarke hopes recent marriage revives golf career

SEOUL, Korea (AP) Darren Clarke hopes he can start a winning stretch when the Ballantine's Championship gets under way near Seoul on Thursday.

Clarke is looking to end a run of poor form since his victory in the British Open last summer.

In European Tour events, his best finish was 20th at the Volvo Champions in South Africa in January. He missed the cut at the Honda Classic in his only U.S. PGA Tour event this year.

He's hoping his luck will turn after his recent marriage on a beach in the Bahamas.

Clarke has not played the hilly course, but said he's gotten advice from friend and last year's winner Lee Westwood. He won't return to defend the title after winning the Asian Tour's Indonesian Open last weekend.

Clarke's main rivals will be Dustin Johnson and Adam Scott.

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Ballantines Champ field
Felipe AguilarByeong-Hun AnKiradech Aphibarnrat
Sang-Moon BaeTodd BaekRoss Bain
Scott BarrDarren BeckMarcus Both
Paul CaseyYih-Shin ChanMin-gyu Cho
Go-woong ChoiHo-Sung ChoiHyuk-jae Choi
Jin-ho ChoiJoon-woo ChoiS.S.P. Chowrasia
Darren ClarkeGeorge CoetzeeRobert Coles
Adilson Da SilvaCarlos Del MoralRobert-Jan Derksen
Andrew DodtJamie DonaldsonDavid Drysdale
Victor DubuissonKenneth FerrieRichard Finch
Oliver FisherRoss FisherOscar Floren
Mark FosterMarcus FraserDavid Gleeson
Ricardo GonzalezEstanislao GoyaJoonas Granberg
Todd HamiltonMin-kyu HanSoren Hansen
Gregory HavretScott HendBerry Henson
Tetsuji HiratsukaSoon-sang HongKeith Horne
David HowellIn-hoi HurIn-Choon Hwang
Jae Min HwangMikko IlonenThongchai Jaidee
Scott JamiesonMiguel Angel JimenezRichard S. Johnson
Michael JonzonHeung-chul JooJi Ho Jung
Pariya JunhasavasdikulAnthony KangKyung-nam Kang
Shang-hung KaoShiv KapurRikard Karlberg
Peter KarmisDaisuke KataokaByung-Jun Kim
Dae-Hyun KimDo-hoon KimHyung-Sung Kim
K.T. KimSeong-Yong KimSeung Hyuk Kim
Soren KjeldsenJason KnutzonJbe' Kruger
Chiragh KumarAnirban LahiriChih-Bing Lam
Dong-Min LeeJin-won LeeKi-Sang Lee
Min-Chang LeeSang-hee LeeSeong-ho Lee
Sung LeeTae-Kyu LeeThomas Levet
Wen-Chong LiangWen-tang LinDavid Lipsky
Shane LowryWei Chih LuMardan Mamat
Pablo MartinGareth MaybinRichard McEvoy
Paul McGinleyDamien McGraneProm Meesawat
Joong Kyung MoZaw MoeJames Morrison
George MurrayYoung-woo NamChristian Nilsson
Chapchai NiratAlexander NorenDavid Oh
Thorbjorn OlesenHennie OttoDo-Kyu Park
Jun-won ParkSang-Hyun ParkSung-kug Park
Andrea PavanPanupol PittayaratIan Poulter
Kieran PrattMars PucayAngelo Que
Himmat Singh RaiRichie RamsayJyoti Randhawa
Brett RumfordHyun-Woo RyuAdam Scott
Mohd SiddikurDigvijay SinghJeev Milkha Singh
Sujjan SinghJoel SjoholmRichard Sterne
Graeme StormJong-yul SukNamchok Tantipokhakul
Andrew TschudinJaco Van ZylTjaart Van der Walt
Anthony WallMarc WarrenRomain Wattel
Steve WebsterPeter WhitefordBernd Wiesberger
Danny WillettOliver WilsonThaworn Wiratchant
Chris WoodY.E. YangJung Ho Yoon
Tian YuanFabrizio ZanottiMatthew Zions
Strength of field
World RankPlayersNo. in Field
TOP 10Adam Scott (5)1
TOP 25Ian Poulter (12)1
TOP 50Jamie Donaldson (47),George Coetzee (49),Thorbjorn Olesen (50)3
TOP 100Alexander Noren (51),Miguel Angel Jimenez (54),Richie Ramsay (55),Shane Lowry (57),Marcus Fraser (58),Sang-Moon Bae (64),Bernd Wiesberger (68),K.T. Kim (71),Thaworn Wiratchant (79),Y.E. Yang (91),Jeev Milkha Singh (93),Danny Willett (94),Ross Fisher (99),Thongchai Jaidee (100)14