Darren Clarke says seeing seven Europeans finish in the top 10 at the Masters has got him excited ahead of the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine.

Clarke pleased with Augusta success

Clarke pleased with Augusta success

Danny Willett bagged all the headlines as he produced a strong finish to claim the Green Jacket, with fellow Englishmen Lee Westwood, Paul Casey, Matthew Fitzpatrick and Justin Rose all catching the eye as well.

With Denmark’s Soren Kjeldsen and Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy also securing top-10 finishes, Clarke believes things are looking good for Europe ahead of the Ryder Cup.

He told Sky Sports: "Any time you seen seven European in the top 10 at a major that is going to be good news, especially in Ryder Cup year. It was wonderful to see - I just hope they are all in the same form when it come to September at Hazeltine.

"There is a long way to go yet before qualification ends. I'm sure the team make up will change between now and then. My stats people say there are four people that are 100 per cent certain to be there but there is still long way to go and a lot can change.

"Even as a captain, I'm excited like everyone else to see who is going to make the team and who is going to miss out."