Darren Clarke explains how he "buried the hatchet" with Paul McGinley

Their relationship had become strained

Darren Clarke explains how he "buried the hatchet" with Paul McGinley

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Europe's 2016 Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke has explained how he made up with his predecessor Paul McGinley.

The two Irish golfers had fallen out when Clarke had put himself for the 2014 Ryder Cup captaincy and then suggested that Colin Montgomerie should be chosen, despite having already sent a letter backing the Dubliner's bid for the role.

But in an interview with Ollie Holt of the Mail on Sunday, Clarke explained how he and McGinley were able to move on from their disagreement.

"Paul and I had a great conversation in Dubai. We must have stood and talked for an hour on the range. He was giving me tips and advice about what he had done. We had a great conversation there and I apologised to him," said Clarke.

"I let things go. I have moved on. I have made my peace with Paul and he was brilliant in Dubai. I can go back to him and run things past him. He said: 'Whatever you want, let me know.'

"We have buried the hatchet and we are moving forward. We have drawn a line under it. He offered me all sorts of advice. He couldn’t have been better. That feels good because we were very close growing up all the way through our careers.

"I made some mistakes and hopefully they are mistakes I won’t make again in the future. Everybody makes them now and again and if you are a big enough man, you understand that you have done it. The reason why our relationship broke down was my fault and that’s fine. I am big enough to accept it."

Read the full interview in The Mail on Sunday.