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Getting Back In The Groove  - 12.01.05       
A Happy New Year to you all and please accept my apologies for recent absence from my website, but I think you are all well aware of recent difficulties in the Clarke household. 
 
My wife Heather was diagnosed with cancer last November and since then she has been receiving chemotherapy treatment at the Royal Marsden Hospital.
Under the expert supervision of oncologist Stephen Johnson, Heather is making good progress and although there is a long way to go, we are all hopeful that everything will settle down soon and family life will be returned to normal.
I will be back on the fairways next week in Durban and I have decided to donate all my prize money from the South African Open to the Tsunami Relief Appeal. Hopefully the £86,000 winnerís cheque will be on its way to Asia a week on Sunday.
I have a somewhat uncertain schedule for the early part of the year because I am determined not to miss any of Heatherís treatment sessions at the Royal Marsden.   At the moment I am hopeful of playing six tournaments in the US before the end of April so it looks as if I will not be playing in Europe until the British Masters at Marriott Forest of Arden.
Everything obviously depends on how Heather is, but I am looking forward to getting back into action after a two-month break.  I dusted off the clubs this week and relieved ISM and Ryder Cup colleague David Howell of a few pounds at Queenwood where we are both members and hopefully I will be in decent form by the time I arrive in South Africa, one of my favourite destinations.
Other than that Iíve been doing a bit of clay pigeon shooting, took the boys, Tyrone and Conor, to see Toy Story on Ice and dressed them in luminous outfits, just to make sure I wouldnít lose them.  I also took them to Northern Ireland before Xmas to see grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins etc.
And I also took Heather over last Saturday for a surprise 40th birthday party of one of our friends and returned the following day.
Both Heather and I would like to say a very special thank you to all who have sent get well cards, texts and emails.   Your thoughts and concern have encouraged us in what has not been an easy time.
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