Darren Clarke

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Darren Clarke OBE
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Personal information
Full name Darren Christopher Clarke
Born (1968-08-14) 14 August 1968 (age 46)
Dungannon, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 215 lb (98 kg; 15.4 st)
Nationality  Northern Ireland
Residence Portrush, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
Children Tyrone, Conor[1]
Career
College Wake Forest University
Turned professional 1990
Current tour(s) European Tour
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Professional wins 22
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 3
European Tour 14 (Tied 15th all time)
Japan Golf Tour 3
Sunshine Tour 1
Challenge Tour 1
Other 3
Best results in major championships
(Wins: 1)
Masters Tournament T8: 1998
U.S. Open T10: 1999
The Open Championship Won: 2011
PGA Championship T9: 2000

Darren Christopher Clarke, OBE (born 14 August 1968) is a professional golfer from Northern Ireland who currently plays on the European Tour and has previously played on the PGA Tour. He has won 22 tournaments worldwide on a number of golf's main tours including the European Tour, the PGA Tour, the Sunshine Tour and the Japan Golf Tour. His biggest victory came when he won the 2011 Open Championship at Royal St George's in England, his first major win after more than 20 years and 54 attempts.

Clarke has also won two World Golf Championship events, most notably the 2000 WGC-Andersen Consulting Match Play Championship, when he defeated Tiger Woods in the final. Clarke was ranked in the top-10 of the Official World Golf Ranking for 43 weeks between 2000 and 2002.[2] His highest finish on the European Tour money list is second, which he achieved in 1998, 2000 and 2003. Clarke is currently ranked as the seventh highest career money winner on the European Tour.[3]

Clarke has represented Ireland as both an amateur and as a professional, notably at the World Cup and Alfred Dunhill Cup, and was a member of five consecutive European Ryder Cup teams between 1997 to 2006.

Amateur career[edit]

Clarke was born in Dungannon, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, and in 1987 he played collegiate golf at Wake Forest University in the United States. He was a junior member of Dungannon Golf Club, whose junior section also included three others who are current PGA Golf Professionals: Alistair Cardwell, Barry Hamill and Gary Chambers. Clarke represented his school, Royal School Dungannon, together with Cardwell and Chambers.

Professional career[edit]

1990–92: Early career[edit]

Clarke turned professional in 1990 and played his first full season on the European Tour in 1991. He contested in his first major championship at the 1991 Open Championship, making the cut before finishing in a tie for 64th place. In 1992 Clarke had a solid season on the European Tour, finishing 41st in overall Order of Merit, in doing so achieving his highest finish of his career at the time with a second place finish at the Honda Open. He finished three strokes behind champion Bernhard Langer.

1993–95: First European Tour win and steady progress[edit]

Clarke's real breakthrough year was in 1993 when he won his maiden European Tour event and played his way to 8th position on the Order of Merit. After a relatively solid but unspectacular first half of the season, Clarke's form improved greatly during the August–September stretch, achieving four top-10 finishes in four consecutive tournaments.

In October 1993, Clarke won his maiden European Tour event at the Alfred Dunhill Open in Belgium. Clarke had the lead after 54 holes and held off the challenge of Englishman Nick Faldo and Vijay Singh, who shot a final round 64. Clarke prevailed by two strokes. A month later Clarke nearly won his second title at the European Tour's season ending Volvo Masters, however he was pipped to the title by Colin Montgomerie who finished one stroke clear. Overall for the season Clarke made 24 out of 30 cuts and finished in the top-10 on seven occasions.

The follow up year in 1994 was another solid season for Clarke on the tour, making 17 of 21 cuts and finishing 37th on the Order of Merit list. Clarke also played in his first U.S. Open although he missed the cut and had his highest finish, at the time, in The Open Championship with a tie for 38th place. In 1995, Clarke had better success, with seven top-10s in 27 events, most notably at the Portuguese Open where he finished second after losing a sudden death playoff to Adam Hunter on the first extra hole, despite having the joint 54 hole lead. Clarke ended the year 14th on the Order of Merit.

1996–1999: Four more European Tour wins and near miss at 1997 Open[edit]

In 1996, Clarke won his second European Tour title at the Linde German Masters by one stroke, shooting a final round 63 to finish 24 under par, one stroke ahead of Englishman Mike Davis. Clarke also recorded his best finish in a major, at that current time, with a tie for 11th place at The Open Championship in 1996. He also equalled his best finish on the Order of Merit, placing in 8th for the season.

In May 1997, Clarke finished second at the Volvo PGA Championship, two strokes behind Ian Woosnam. In July 1997, Clarke was in position to win his first major championship at the 1997 Open Championship at Royal Troon. Clarke held the lead with American Jim Furyk after the first round and then pulled two strokes clear of the field after a 66 in the second round, but a third round 71 put him two strokes behind leader Jesper Parnevik going into the final day. However the winner was not to come from the final pairing, as Justin Leonard came storming through the pack with a 65 to beat both Clarke and Parnevik by three strokes. Clarke ended the season 4th on the Order of Merit.

In 1998, Clarke made his first appearances at two of the biggest golf events worldwide. He missed the cut on his debut at The Players Championship, but his first visit to Augusta National Golf Club was much more successful, shooting 67-69 on the weekend to finish in a tie for 8th at the Masters Tournament. This remains his highest ever finish at the Masters to date.

In May 1998, Clarke won his third career event on the European Tour at the Benson & Hedges International Open by three strokes from Santiago Luna. Clarke then had three more 2nd place finishes during the season before winning the season ending Volvo Masters in Spain. His two victories in 1998 helped him to finish in 2nd place on the final 1998 Order of Merit standings behind Colin Montgomerie. Clarke missed only one cut all year, at the Murphy's Irish Open. In 1999, Clarke captured his fifth European Tour win at the Compass Group English Open, finishing two strokes ahead of John Bickerton. He also achieved his highest ever placing at the U.S. Open in this year when he finished tied for 10th place.

2000: WGC-Matchplay Championship win and further success[edit]

Clarke's worldwide breakthrough came in 2000 when he won his first World Golf Championship event, defeating Tiger Woods in the final 4&3 at the 2000 WGC-Andersen Consulting Match Play Championship at La Costa Resort and Spa. This was Clarke's biggest victory of his career so far as he netted the $1 million first prize. Clarke had a difficult route through the championship but defeated a host of big name players: Paul Azinger, Mark O'Meara, Thomas Bjørn, Hal Sutton and David Duval before taking on Woods in the final.[4]

Clarke's fine year in 2000 continued when he finished tied for second place in the Volvo PGA Championship and the following week he won his seventh European Tour event at the Compass Group English Open. Clarke also recorded his best finish at the PGA Championship with a tie for 9th place. He also had three 2nd place finishes in the 2000 season, which included eleven top-10 finishes. He finished 2nd on the Order of Merit and it was his highest ever season in terms of prize money. Clarke earned over €2.7 million for the year.

2001–03: Continued success and second WGC win[edit]

The 2001 season saw Clarke finish one place lower on the Order of Merit in 3rd place, although he did manage some notable results on tour during this season. Clarke added to his list of European Tour wins at the Smurfit European Open, which he won by three strokes at The K Club. A couple of weeks later, Clarke produced another fine performance at The Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St Annes, finishing in a tie for 3rd place, four strokes behind the eventual winner David Duval. Clarke then had another notable 3rd place finish at the WGC-NEC Invitational, earning in excess of €400,000.

In 2002, Clarke played on both the European Tour and the PGA Tour. In the buildup to the Masters, Clarke played the Shell Houston Open and finished second behind runaway winner Vijay Singh. He then played on the European Tour in the summer and won his ninth career title at the Compass Group English Open, becoming the first man to win the tournament three times.

In the 2003 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, Clarke lost to Peter Lonard at the quarter-final stage. However, Clarke did not have to wait much longer for more WGC success though, when he won his second WGC event at the WGC-NEC Invitational at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio.[5] He finished four strokes ahead of Jonathan Kaye. Clarke's run of success throughout 2001–2003 saw him miss only three cuts on the European Tour in three years and he finished 2nd on the European Order of Merit for the third time in his career.

2004: First winless season in seven years[edit]

Clarke continued his run of good form at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in 2004, when he finished third. He lost to Davis Love III in the semi-final on the 21st hole, but beat Stephen Leaney 2-up in the resulting 3rd place playoff match. Clarke also had a good finish at the WGC-American Express Championship, finishing in a tie for 4th place. Despite winning over $2 million in prize money, Clarke did not win an event during the 2004 season on either tour and this was the first time this had happened since 1997.

2005–2007: Loss of form and slump[edit]

Clarke played the 2005 season half and half between the European Tour and the PGA Tour. He enjoyed a solid season with many top-10 finishes, but he could not climb the final hurdle of winning an event. The highlights of his year were a 2nd place finish at the Barclays Scottish Open in Europe and another 2nd place at the MCI Heritage in the United States. With Clarke playing much fewer tournaments on the European Tour he only finished 20th on the Order of Merit compared to his previous success in this category.

In 2006, Clarke only managed to record four top-10 placings and finished the year 43rd on the Order of Merit. However, just six weeks after the death of his wife, Heather, he made a big contribution to Europe's Ryder Cup win in 2006 at The K Club in the Ireland. Clarke was one of Ian Woosnam's two wild card picks and he earned three points on the way to victory for Europe, including a 3 & 2 win in his singles match against Zach Johnson. The 2007 season was the worst of Clarke's professional career. He did not record any top-10 finishes. He withdrew from a number of events in the year and finished 143rd on the Order of Merit list.

2008: Return to form[edit]

Clarke ended his winless streak in April 2008 when he won the BMW Asian Open in an emotional victory after a birdie on the 72nd hole to see off Robert-Jan Derksen by one stroke. This was Clarke's first win in almost five years and the 11th of his career. The win broke the shackles from the slump in form he went through in the previous years and his 12th victory was not far around the corner. Clarke won again in the Netherlands at the KLM Open finishing the tournament four shots ahead of Paul McGinley. Clarke ended his comeback year 13th in the Order of Merit Standings, however he missed out on a place in Nick Faldo's Ryder Cup team, the first time Clarke had done so in over 10 years.

2009–10: Consistent play[edit]

The 2009 and 2010 seasons were steady in progress for Clarke as he began to rebuild his form following the successful 2008 season. He only managed to record three top-10 finishes during the whole of 2009, most notably tying for 5th place in the defence of his KLM Open title in the Netherlands. Clarke finished 61st in the Race to Dubai Standings and missed out a place in the season ending finale narrowly by finishing outside the top 60. In 2010, however, he did make into the Dubai Finals after finishing 30th at the end of the year. He was aided by two second place finishes throughout the season at the Joburg Open behind winner Charl Schwartzel and then at the Barclays Scottish Open ending up three strokes behind Edoardo Molinari.

2011: Open Championship victory[edit]

In 2011, Clarke won his first European Tour title since August 2008 with a three-stroke victory over Chris Wood and David Lynn in the Iberdrola Open.[6][7] After finishing tied for third in the 2001 Open Championship, Clarke did not make the top-10 of any major, until he won his first major championship at the 2011 Open at the age of 42 – his 20th attempt at winning the Claret Jug.[8][9]

Clarke dedicated his victory to his two children and late wife Heather, who lost her battle with breast cancer in 2006: "In terms of what's going through my heart, there's obviously somebody who is watching from up above there, and I know she'd be very proud of me. But I think she'd be more proud of my two boys and them at home watching more than anything else. It's been a long journey to get here".[10][11]

With Clarke's triumph in The Open at Royal St George's, it was the first time since 1910 where one country (other than the United States) had different golfers win consecutive majors.[12] Rory McIlroy, also of Northern Ireland, captured the 2011 U.S. Open title one month earlier in Bethesda, Maryland. Clarke's victory at the 2011 Open meant that he became the third major winner from Northern Ireland in 13 months, following Graeme McDowell's win in the 2010 U.S. Open and Rory McIlroy's victory in the 2011 U.S. Open, prompting McIlroy to quip that Northern Ireland was the 'Golf Capital of the World'.[13]

In Clarke's first major championship after winning The Open, he carded +14 (78,76) to miss the cut at the 2011 PGA Championship.

Ryder Cup and other team golf[edit]

Clarke has represented Ireland as both an amateur and as a professional, most notably at the World Cup and Alfred Dunhill Cup. He was a member of five consecutive European Ryder Cup teams in 1997, 1999, 2002, 2004 and 2006, winning on four occasions and was also appointed a non-playing vice captain by Colin Montgomerie in 2010.

Clarke's most notable appearance at the Ryder Cup was in 2006, six weeks after the death of his wife Heather.[14] Heather had loved the Ryder Cup and encouraged Darren to compete in it, so he made himself available for selection.[15] European captain Ian Woosnam chose Clarke as one of his two wild cards, and he contributed three points from three matches to Europe's victory, and was embraced by members of the European and U.S. teams after he finished the tournament.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Clarke's grandfather Ben played for Portadown F.C., Sheffield United, Exeter City and Carlisle United and earned two amateur caps for the Ireland national football team (1882–1950) in 1934. His father Godfrey played for Glenavon F.C..

He met his wife Heather in a nightclub in Portrush, County Antrim, and they married in March 1996.[15] The couple had two sons, Tyrone and Conor, and the family lived at Sunningdale, Berkshire, UK. In 2005 and 2006 he missed several tournaments to care for his wife, who had been diagnosed with both primary breast cancer in December 2001, then, in 2004, with secondary breast cancer.[15] Heather Clarke died on Sunday 13 August 2006 at 39 years of age, in the Royal Marsden Hospital, London.[15]

Clarke's friend Paul McGinley immediately announced his own withdrawal from the PGA Championship starting in Medinah, Illinois. In a statement McGinley said, "Our two families are very much intertwined, obviously me and Darren, but Heather and (McGinley's wife) Ali were the best of friends and our kids are in the same class at school. So it is a tough time for us all".[16]

Following Clarke's performance at the 2006 Ryder Cup, six weeks after his wife had died, he was the favourite to win the 2006 BBC Sports Personality of the Year award, but was runner-up to Zara Phillips. He had previously stated he did not want to win with a sympathy vote after his wife's death.[17]

Clarke and his sons moved back to Northern Ireland, making their home in Portrush. Clarke and former Miss Northern Ireland Alison Campbell married on 11 April 2012.

On 6 April 2011, Clarke was photographed by Kevin Abosch for The Face of Ireland project.[18][19]

Clarke is a supporter of Liverpool FC.[20]

Clarke was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2012 New Year Honours for services to golf.[21][22]

Amateur wins (4)[edit]

  • 1989 East of Ireland Championship
  • 1990 Spanish Amateur Open Championship, Irish Amateur Championship, South of Ireland Championship

Professional wins (22)[edit]

European Tour wins (14)[edit]

Legend
Major championships (1)
World Golf Championships (2)
Other European Tour (11)
No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 10 Oct 1993 Alfred Dunhill Open −14 (68-68-66-68=270) 2 strokes England Nick Faldo, Fiji Vijay Singh
2 6 Oct 1996 Linde German Masters −24 (70-64-67-63=264) 1 stroke England Mark Davis
3 17 May 1998 Benson & Hedges International Open −15 (70-69-67-67=273) 3 strokes Spain Santiago Luna
4 1 Nov 1998 Volvo Masters −17 (67-73-68-63=271) 2 strokes Scotland Andrew Coltart
5 6 Jun 1999 Compass Group English Open −20 (68-65-67-68=268) 2 strokes England John Bickerton
6 27 Feb 2000 Andersen Consulting Match Play Championship 4 & 3 United States Tiger Woods
7 4 Jun 2000 Compass Group English Open −13 (70-72-68-65=275) 1 stroke New Zealand Michael Campbell, England Mark James
8 8 Jul 2001 Smurfit European Open −15 (68-68-71-66=273) 3 strokes Denmark Thomas Bjørn, Republic of Ireland Pádraig Harrington,
Wales Ian Woosnam
9 9 Jun 2002 Compass Group English Open −17 (65-70-68-68=271) 3 strokes Denmark Søren Hansen
10 24 Aug 2003 NEC Invitational −12 (65-70-66-67=268) 4 strokes United States Jonathan Kaye
11 27 Apr 2008 BMW Asian Open1 −8 (71-69-67-73=280) 1 stroke Netherlands Robert-Jan Derksen
12 24 Aug 2008 KLM Open −16 (68-64-66-66=264) 4 strokes Republic of Ireland Paul McGinley
13 15 May 2011 Iberdrola Open −6 (65-70-70-69=274) 3 strokes England David Lynn, England Chris Wood
14 17 Jul 2011 The Open Championship −5 (68-68-69-70=275) 3 strokes United States Dustin Johnson, United States Phil Mickelson

European Tour playoff record (0–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1995 Portuguese Open Scotland Adam Hunter Lost to birdie on first extra hole

1 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour

PGA Tour wins (3)[edit]

Legend
Major championships (1)
World Golf Championships (2)
Other PGA Tour (0)
No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 27 Feb 2000 Andersen Consulting Match Play Championship 4 & 3 United States Tiger Woods
2 24 Aug 2003 NEC Invitational –12 (65-70-66-67=268) 4 strokes United States Jonathan Kaye
3 17 Jul 2011 The Open Championship −5 (68-68-69-70=275) 3 strokes United States Dustin Johnson, United States Phil Mickelson

Japan Golf Tour wins (3)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of victory Runner(s)-up
1 29 Apr 2001 The Crowns −13 (66-67-67-67=267) 4 strokes Japan Keiichiro Fukabori, Japan Shinichi Yokota
2 14 Nov 2004 Mitsui Sumitomo VISA Taiheiyo Masters −22 (66-65-67-68=266) 6 strokes Japan Nozomi Kawahara, England Lee Westwood
3 13 Nov 2005 Mitsui Sumitomo VISA Taiheiyo Masters −18 (66-71-65-68=270) 2 strokes Japan Mitsuhiro Tateyama

Sunshine Tour wins (1)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of victory Runners-up
1 4 Feb 2001 Dimension Data Pro-Am −14 (71-63-69-71=274) 2 strokes South Africa Tjaart van der Walt, South Africa Retief Goosen

Challenge Tour wins (1)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of victory Runner-up
1 14 Sep 2003 Benmore Developments Northern Ireland Masters[23] −11 (72-66-65-70=273) 2 strokes England Stuart Little

Other wins (3)[edit]

Major championships[edit]

Wins (1)[edit]

Year Championship 54 holes Winning score Margin Runners-up
2011 The Open Championship 1 shot lead −5 (68-68-69-70=275) 3 strokes United States Dustin Johnson, United States Phil Mickelson

Results timeline[edit]

Tournament 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T8 CUT
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP CUT DNP CUT T43 T43 T10
The Open Championship T64 CUT T39 T38 T31 T11 T2 CUT T30
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT DNP CUT
Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Masters Tournament T40 24 T20 T28 CUT T17 T22 CUT DNP DNP
U.S. Open T53 T30 T24 T42 CUT DNP 56 DNP DNP CUT
The Open Championship T7 T3 T37 T59 T11 T15 CUT CUT DNP T52
PGA Championship T9 CUT CUT CUT T13 CUT DNP T42 CUT CUT
Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Masters Tournament DNP DNP CUT DNP T44
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP CUT CUT
The Open Championship T44 1 CUT T21 T26
PGA Championship T48 CUT T54 75 CUT

DNP = did not play
CUT = missed the half way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place.
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.

Summary[edit]

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 1 5 12 8
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 1 2 14 8
The Open Championship 1 1 1 3 4 8 23 18
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 1 2 16 6
Totals 1 1 1 3 7 17 65 40
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 7 (2000 Masters – 2001 Open Championship)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 2 (2000 Open Championship – 2000 PGA)

World Golf Championships[edit]

Wins (2)[edit]

Year Championship 54 holes Winning score Margin of victory Runner-up
2000 WGC-Andersen Consulting Match Play Championship n/a 4 & 3 United States Tiger Woods
2003 WGC-NEC Invitational 1 shot lead –12 (65-70-66-67=268) 4 strokes United States Jonathan Kaye

Results timeline[edit]

Tournament 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Accenture Match Play Championship R64 1 DNP R64 QF 3 R64 R64 R64 DNP DNP DNP DNP R64
Cadillac Championship T40 T17 NT1 63 T38 T4 DNP T26 DNP DNP T46 DNP DNP T43
Bridgestone Invitational T36 T17 3 T19 1 T14 T28 WD T67 T6 T22 DNP T68 DNP
HSBC Champions DNP DNP T38 DNP

1Cancelled due to terrorist attacks on 11 September 2001
DNP = Did not play
QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = Tied
WD = Withdrew
NT = No tournament
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.
Note that the HSBC Champions did not become a WGC event until 2009.

Professional team appearances[edit]

  • Alfred Dunhill Cup (representing Ireland): 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999
  • World Cup (representing Ireland): 1994, 1995, 1996
  • Ryder Cup (representing Europe): 1997 (winners), 1999, 2002 (winners), 2004 (winners), 2006 (winners)
    • Record: 20 matches, 11.5 points (58% Point Percentage)
    • All Formats (W-L-H): 10–7–3 = 11.5 pts
      • Singles: 1–2–2 = 2 pts
      • Foursomes: 3–3–0 = 3 pts
      • Fourballs: 6–2–1 = 6.5 pts
  • Seve Trophy (representing Great Britain & Ireland): 2000, 2002 (winners), 2011 (winners)
  • Royal Trophy (representing Europe): 2007 (winners)

Awards and honours[edit]

  • 1993 Texaco Ireland Sportstar Golf Award
  • 1997 Texaco Ireland Sportstar Golf Award
  • 1998 Texaco Ireland Sportstar Golf Award
  • 2000 Texaco Ireland Sportstar Golf Award
  • 2003 Texaco Ireland Sportstar Golf Award
  • 2004 Texaco Ireland Sportstar Golf Award (shared with Pádraig Harrington and Paul McGinley)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Darren Clarke's Profile". European Tour. Retrieved 19 July 2011. 
  2. ^ 69 Players Who Have Reached The Top-10 In World Ranking
  3. ^ Career Money List European Tour. Retrieved 19 July 2011.
  4. ^ Tiger Woods text messages gave Darren Clarke the drive to be a champion Belfast Telegraph. Retrieved 18 July 2011.
  5. ^ Clarke wins WGC-NEC BBC Sport. Retrieved 19 July 2011.
  6. ^ "Darren Clarke wins Iberdrola Open to end Tour drought". BBC Sport. 14 May 2011. Retrieved 16 May 2011. 
  7. ^ "Clarke secures Iberdrola Open in Majorca". RTÉ Sport. 15 May 2011. Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  8. ^ Darren Clarke is the Superman who never gave up on his dream of a Major – and triumphed at The Open The Mirror. Retrieved 18 July 2011.
  9. ^ Darren Clarke is one of us, a perfect people's champion Daily Mail. Retrieved 18 July 2011.
  10. ^ Darren Clarke dedicates his Open Championship victory to his children and late wife, Heather Telegraph. Retrieved 18 July 2011.
  11. ^ Open Championship 2011: Darren Clarke captures maiden major win BBC. Retrieved 18 July 2011.
  12. ^ "MediaWatch: 'Golf capital of the world'". Golf Digest. 17 July 2011. Retrieved 16 February 2013. 
  13. ^ Northern Ireland, world golf capital Belfast Telegraph. Retrieved 19 July 2011.
  14. ^ a b Tearful Clarke revels in triumph BBC Sport. Retrieved 18 July 2011.
  15. ^ a b c d Ryder Cup star Darren Clarke on his adored wife's cancer battle Daily Mail. Retrieved 18 July 2011.
  16. ^ "Clarke left to mourn wife's death". BBC News. 13 August 2006. 
  17. ^ Clarke uneasy over sympathy vote BBC. Retrieved 18 July 2011.
  18. ^ Darren Joins 'Face of Ireland Exhibition'
  19. ^ The Face of Ireland
  20. ^ The Open 2011: Darren Clarke close – and still hopeful of a cigar The Guardian. Retrieved 19 July 2011.
  21. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 60009. p. 9. 31 December 2011.
  22. ^ "OBE for Darren Clarke and MBE for Rory McIlroy in New Year Honours list". BBC Sport. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
  23. ^ PGA European Tour, 2003 Challenge Tour Result

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