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European Ryder Cup star Darren Clarke has embarked on a series of drastic changes in a bid to start challenging for Majors again.

Clarke has switched back to Tiger Woods' coach Butch Harmon and parted company after six years with caddie Billy Foster.

The Ulsterman has also signed a deal to play with TaylorMade clubs.

Clarke's decision to overhaul his game came after digesting a Christmas letter from leading sports psychologist Bob Rotella.

The English Open was the 34-year-old's only victory last season and he slipped to 27th in the world from a career-best ninth.

"There have been some very difficult decisions to make, but last year was very frustrating and I just want to get back to winning ways," said Clarke.

I've been down a couple of tunnels thinking there was light at the end of them when there wasn't

It is the second time Clarke has dropped coach Peter Cowen.

He flies out on Thursday to link up again with Harmon before playing in next week's Buick Invitational in California.

"I think the world of Peter, but I found myself getting too technical. I'm playing a bit more in the States this year, so that will make seeing Butch easier."

Clarke now has fellow Irishman JP Fitzgerald as his new caddie. Fitzgerald was previously with Clarke's Ryder Cup team-mate Paul McGinley.

The TaylorMade deal comes after a period when Clarke was a free agent.

"After the first year that proved to be to my detriment," he said.

"I had too many choices and I was having a go with a new driver whenever they came out."

As for the mental side of the game, Clarke said that Rotella's letter made him sit up and take notice.

"There were lots of bits and pieces, but basically he reminded me that I'm not patient enough.

''He said that I should wait for things to happen on the course rather than force them.

"Hopefully Bob, along with everything else, can give me that little bit extra. I want to get back to being in with a chance of a Major.

"I've been down a couple of tunnels thinking there was light at the end of them when there wasn't."

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