No need for European overhaul, insists captain Clarke

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Captain Darren Clarke insists there is no need for a major change in approach following Europe's Ryder Cup defeat.

Europe were beaten 17-11 by the United States at Hazeltine over the weekend - their biggest defeat since 1981.

The loss followed a run of six victories in seven matches stretching back to 2002, leaving Clarke confident Europe can bounce back in France in two years.

"Why would you have a knee-jerk reaction when the whole system has been doing well?" he is quoted as saying by the Guardian. "Absolutely leave it as it is.

"They have been successful thus far. We came up against a very strong team and captain [Davis Love III]. They've played better than we have. There is no other answer.

"They were a brilliant European team, sensational. Everyone pulled for each other.

"One of my big things coming in was that 'shoulder to shoulder' thing taken from our wonderful Irish rugby team. The guys showed that in a different sport. Those guys would have jumped through burning hoops for each other.

"The scoreline never lies. The US team played exceptionally well. Give them a massive amount of credit. The Americans played better.

"In quite a few recent Ryder Cups, the Europeans won their share of the greens. This week the Americans played better and holed more putts. That's the nature of the Ryder Cup."