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Darren Christopher Clarke, OBE (born 14 August 1968) is a professional golfer from Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
who currently plays on the European Tour and has previously played on the PGA Tour. He has won 21 tournaments worldwide on a number of golf's main tours including the European Tour, the PGA Tour, the Sunshine Tour and the Japan
Japan
Golf Tour. His biggest victory came when he won the 2011 Open Championship
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
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
Ryder Cup
teams between 1997 and 2006.

Contents

1 Amateur career 2 Professional career

2.1 1990–92: Early career 2.2 1993–95: First European Tour win and steady progress 2.3 1996–1999: Four more European Tour wins and near miss at 1997 Open 2.4 2000: WGC-Matchplay Championship win and further success 2.5 2001–03: Continued success and second WGC win 2.6 2004: First winless season in seven years 2.7 2005–2007: Loss of form and slump 2.8 2008: Return to form 2.9 2009–10: Consistent play 2.10 2011: Open Championship victory

3 Ryder Cup
Ryder Cup
and other team golf 4 Personal life 5 Amateur wins (4) 6 Professional wins (21)

6.1 European Tour wins (14) 6.2 PGA Tour
PGA Tour
wins (3) 6.3 Japan Golf Tour wins (3) 6.4 Sunshine Tour wins (1) 6.5 Challenge Tour wins (1) 6.6 Other wins (2)

7 Major championships

7.1 Wins (1) 7.2 Results timeline 7.3 Summary

8 World Golf Championships

8.1 Wins (2) 8.2 Results timeline

9 Team appearances 10 Awards and honours 11 See also 12 References 13 External links

Amateur career[edit] Clarke was born in Dungannon, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, and in 1987 he played collegiate golf at Wake Forest University
Wake Forest University
in the United States. He was a junior member of Dungannon
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
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
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
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
1997 Open Championship
at Royal Troon. Clarke held the lead with American Jim Furyk
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
Jesper Parnevik
going into the final day. However the winner was not to come from the final pairing, as Justin Leonard
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Europe
and another 2nd place at the MCI Heritage
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
Ryder Cup
win in 2006 at The K Club
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
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
Netherlands
at the KLM Open
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
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
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
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
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
Northern Ireland
was the 'Golf Capital of the World'.[13] Ryder Cup
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
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
Colin Montgomerie
in 2010 and by Paul McGinley
Paul McGinley
in 2014. Clarke's most notable appearance at the Ryder Cup
Ryder Cup
was in 2006, six weeks after the death of his wife Heather.[14] Heather had loved the Ryder Cup
Ryder Cup
and encouraged Darren to compete in it, so he made himself available for selection.[15] European captain Ian Woosnam
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] Clarke was named as the 2016 Ryder Cup
Ryder Cup
captain on 18 February 2015. He was selected by a five-man selection panel consisting of the last three Ryder Cup
Ryder Cup
captains: Paul McGinley, José María Olazábal, Colin Montgomerie, another ex- Ryder Cup
Ryder Cup
player David Howell and the European Tour chief executive George O'Grady.[16][17] Personal life[edit] Clarke's grandfather Ben played for Portadown, Sheffield United, Exeter City
Exeter City
and Carlisle United
Carlisle United
and earned two amateur caps for the Ireland national football team (1882–1950)
Ireland national football team (1882–1950)
in 1934.[18] His father Godfrey played for Glenavon.[18] 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
Paul McGinley
immediately announced his own withdrawal from the PGA Championship
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".[19] 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.[20] Clarke and his sons moved back to Northern Ireland, making their home in Portrush. Clarke and former Miss Northern Ireland
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.[21][22] Clarke is a supporter of Liverpool F.C..[23] Clarke was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire
Order of the British Empire
(OBE) in the 2012 New Year Honours for services to golf.[24][25] Amateur wins (4)[edit]

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

Professional wins (21)[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 Nick Faldo, Vijay Singh

2 6 Oct 1996 Linde German Masters −24 (70-64-67-63=264) 1 stroke Mark Davis

3 17 May 1998 Benson & Hedges International Open −15 (70-69-67-67=273) 3 strokes Santiago Luna

4 1 Nov 1998 Volvo Masters −17 (67-73-68-63=271) 2 strokes Andrew Coltart

5 6 Jun 1999 Compass Group English Open −20 (68-65-67-68=268) 2 strokes John Bickerton

6 27 Feb 2000 Andersen Consulting Match Play Championship 4 & 3 Tiger Woods

7 4 Jun 2000 Compass Group English Open (2) −13 (70-72-68-65=275) 1 stroke Michael Campbell, Mark James

8 8 Jul 2001 Smurfit European Open −15 (68-68-71-66=273) 3 strokes Thomas Bjørn, Pádraig Harrington, Ian Woosnam

9 9 Jun 2002 Compass Group English Open (3) −17 (65-70-68-68=271) 3 strokes Søren Hansen

10 24 Aug 2003 NEC Invitational −12 (65-70-66-67=268) 4 strokes Jonathan Kaye

11 27 Apr 2008 BMW Asian Open1 −8 (71-69-67-73=280) 1 stroke Robert-Jan Derksen

12 24 Aug 2008 KLM Open −16 (68-64-66-66=264) 4 strokes Paul McGinley

13 15 May 2011 Iberdrola Open −6 (65-70-70-69=274) 3 strokes David Lynn, Chris Wood

14 17 Jul 2011 The Open Championship −5 (68-68-69-70=275) 3 strokes Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson

European Tour playoff record (0–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result

1 1995 Portuguese Open Adam Hunter Lost to birdie on first extra hole

1 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour PGA Tour
PGA Tour
wins (3)[edit]

Legend

Major championships (1)

World Golf Championships (2)

Other PGA Tour
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 Tiger Woods

2 24 Aug 2003 NEC Invitational –12 (65-70-66-67=268) 4 strokes Jonathan Kaye

3 17 Jul 2011 The Open Championship −5 (68-68-69-70=275) 3 strokes Dustin Johnson, 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 Keiichiro Fukabori, Shinichi Yokota

2 14 Nov 2004 Mitsui Sumitomo VISA Taiheiyo Masters −22 (66-65-67-68=266) 6 strokes Nozomi Kawahara, Lee Westwood

3 13 Nov 2005 Mitsui Sumitomo VISA Taiheiyo Masters (2) −18 (66-71-65-68=270) 2 strokes 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 Tjaart van der Walt, 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
Northern Ireland
Masters[26] −11 (72-66-65-70=273) 2 strokes Stuart Little

Other wins (2)[edit]

1992 Ulster Professional Championship 1994 Irish PGA Championship

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 Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson

Results timeline[edit]

Tournament 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999

Masters Tournament

T8 CUT

U.S. Open

CUT

CUT T43 T43 T10

The Open Championship T64 CUT T39 T38 T31 T11 T2 CUT T30

PGA Championship

CUT

CUT

Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009

Masters Tournament T40 24 T20 T28 CUT T17 T22 CUT

U.S. Open T53 T30 T24 T42 CUT

56

CUT

The Open Championship T7 T3 T37 T59 T11 T15 CUT CUT

T52

PGA Championship T9 CUT CUT CUT T13 CUT

T42 CUT CUT

Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017

Masters Tournament

CUT

T44 T52 CUT

U.S. Open

CUT CUT CUT

The Open Championship T44 1 CUT T21 T26 CUT T30 CUT

PGA Championship T48 CUT T54 75 CUT CUT CUT

  Win   Top 10   Did not play CUT = missed the half way cut "T" indicates a tie for a place. Summary[edit]

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made

Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 1 5 14 9

U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 1 2 15 8

The Open Championship 1 1 1 3 4 8 26 19

PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 1 2 18 6

Totals 1 1 1 3 7 17 73 42

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 Tiger Woods

2003 WGC-NEC Invitational 1 shot lead –12 (65-70-66-67=268) 4 strokes 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

R64 QF 3 R64 R64 R64

R64

Cadillac Championship T40 T17 NT1 63 T38 T4

T26

T46

T43

Bridgestone Invitational T36 T17 3 T19 1 T14 T28 WD T67 T6 T22

T68

HSBC Champions

T38

1Cancelled due to terrorist attacks on 11 September 2001   Win   Top 10   Did not play QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play "T" = Tied WD = Withdrew NT = No tournament Note that the HSBC Champions did not become a WGC event until 2009. Team appearances[edit] Amateur

St Andrews Trophy (representing Great Britain & Ireland): 1990 (winners)

Professional

Alfred Dunhill Cup (representing Ireland): 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 World Cup (representing Ireland): 1994, 1995, 1996 Ryder Cup
Ryder Cup
(representing Europe): 1997 (winners), 1999, 2002 (winners), 2004 (winners), 2006 (winners), 2016 (non-playing captain)

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) EurAsia Cup
EurAsia Cup
(representing Europe): 2016 (non-playing captain, 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]

List of golfers with most European Tour wins List of people on stamps of Ireland

References[edit]

^ "Darren Clarke's Profile". European Tour. Retrieved 19 July 2011.  ^ 69 Players Who Have Reached The Top-10 In World Ranking ^ Career Money List European Tour. Retrieved 19 July 2011. ^ Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods
text messages gave Darren Clarke
Darren Clarke
the drive to be a champion Belfast Telegraph. Retrieved 18 July 2011. ^ Clarke wins WGC-NEC BBC Sport. Retrieved 19 July 2011. ^ " Darren Clarke
Darren Clarke
wins Iberdrola Open to end Tour drought". BBC Sport. 14 May 2011. Retrieved 16 May 2011.  ^ "Clarke secures Iberdrola Open in Majorca". RTÉ Sport. 15 May 2011. Archived from the original on 18 May 2011. Retrieved 18 July 2011.  ^ Darren Clarke
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. ^ Darren Clarke
Darren Clarke
is one of us, a perfect people's champion Daily Mail. Retrieved 18 July 2011. ^ Darren Clarke
Darren Clarke
dedicates his Open Championship victory to his children and late wife, Heather Telegraph. Retrieved 18 July 2011. ^ Open Championship 2011: Darren Clarke
Darren Clarke
captures maiden major win BBC. Retrieved 18 July 2011. ^ "MediaWatch: 'Golf capital of the world'". Golf Digest. 17 July 2011. Retrieved 16 February 2013.  ^ Northern Ireland, world golf capital Belfast Telegraph. Retrieved 19 July 2011. ^ a b Tearful Clarke revels in triumph BBC Sport. Retrieved 18 July 2011. ^ a b c d Ryder Cup
Ryder Cup
star Darren Clarke
Darren Clarke
on his adored wife's cancer battle Daily Mail. Retrieved 18 July 2011. ^ " Darren Clarke
Darren Clarke
to captain Europeans". ESPN. Associated Press. 18 February 2015.  ^ "David Howell added to five-man panel selecting next Team Europe Captain". Ryder Cup. 12 October 2014.  ^ a b "Ben Clarke". nifootball.blogspot.co.uk. Retrieved 14 December 2016.  ^ "Clarke left to mourn wife's death". BBC News. 13 August 2006.  ^ Clarke uneasy over sympathy vote BBC. Retrieved 18 July 2011. ^ Darren Joins 'Face of Ireland Exhibition' Archived 14 August 2011 at the Wayback Machine. ^ The Face of Ireland Archived 5 April 2011 at the Wayback Machine. ^ The Open 2011: Darren Clarke
Darren Clarke
close – and still hopeful of a cigar The Guardian. Retrieved 19 July 2011. ^ "No. 60009". The London Gazette
The London Gazette
(Supplement). 31 December 2011. p. 9.  ^ "OBE for Darren Clarke
Darren Clarke
and MBE for Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy
in New Year Honours list". BBC Sport. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 31 December 2011.  ^ PGA European Tour, 2003 Challenge Tour Result

External links[edit]

Official website Darren Clarke
Darren Clarke
at the European Tour official site Darren Clarke
Darren Clarke
at the PGA Tour
PGA Tour
official site Darren Clarke
Darren Clarke
at the Japan Golf Tour official site Darren Clarke
Darren Clarke
at the Official World Golf Ranking official site Darren Clarke
Darren Clarke
on IMDb

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The Open Championship
champions

1860 Willie Park Sr. 1861 Tom Morris Sr. 1862 Tom Morris Sr. 1863 Willie Park Sr. 1864 Tom Morris Sr. 1865 Andrew Strath 1866 Willie Park Sr. 1867 Tom Morris Sr. 1868 Tom Morris Jr. 1869 Tom Morris Jr. 1870 Tom Morris Jr. 1871 No championship 1872 Tom Morris Jr. 1873 Tom Kidd 1874 Mungo Park 1875 Willie Park Sr. 1876 Bob Martin† 1877 Jamie Anderson 1878 Jamie Anderson 1879 Jamie Anderson 1880 Bob Ferguson 1881 Bob Ferguson 1882 Bob Ferguson 1883 Willie Fernie† 1884 Jack Simpson 1885 Bob Martin 1886 David Brown 1887 Willie Park Jr. 1888 Jack Burns 1889 Willie Park Jr.† 1890 John Ball# 1891 Hugh Kirkaldy 1892 Harold Hilton# 1893 William Auchterlonie 1894 John Henry Taylor 1895 John Henry Taylor 1896 Harry Vardon† 1897 Harold Hilton# 1898 Harry Vardon 1899 Harry Vardon 1900 John Henry Taylor 1901 James Braid 1902 Sandy Herd 1903 Harry Vardon 1904 Jack White 1905 James Braid 1906 James Braid 1907 Arnaud Massy 1908 James Braid 1909 John Henry Taylor 1910 James Braid 1911 Harry Vardon† 1912‡ Edward Ray 1913 John Henry Taylor 1914 Harry Vardon 1915–19 No Championships due to World War I 1920 George Duncan 1921 Jock Hutchison† 1922 Walter Hagen 1923 Arthur Havers 1924 Walter Hagen 1925 Jim Barnes 1926 Bobby Jones# 1927‡ Bobby Jones# 1928 Walter Hagen 1929 Walter Hagen 1930 Bobby Jones# 1931 Tommy Armour 1932‡ Gene Sarazen 1933 Denny Shute† 1934‡ Henry Cotton 1935 Alf Perry 1936 Alf Padgham 1937 Henry Cotton 1938 Reg Whitcombe 1939 Dick Burton 1940–45 No Championships due to World War II 1946 Sam Snead 1947 Fred Daly 1948 Henry Cotton 1949 Bobby Locke† 1950 Bobby Locke 1951 Max Faulkner 1952 Bobby Locke 1953 Ben Hogan 1954 Peter Thomson 1955 Peter Thomson 1956 Peter Thomson 1957 Bobby Locke 1958 Peter Thomson† 1959 Gary Player 1960 Kel Nagle 1961 Arnold Palmer 1962 Arnold Palmer 1963 Bob Charles† 1964 Tony Lema 1965 Peter Thomson 1966 Jack Nicklaus 1967 Roberto De Vicenzo 1968 Gary Player 1969 Tony Jacklin 1970 Jack Nicklaus† 1971 Lee Trevino 1972 Lee Trevino 1973‡ Tom Weiskopf 1974 Gary Player 1975 Tom Watson† 1976 Johnny Miller 1977 Tom Watson 1978 Jack Nicklaus 1979 Seve Ballesteros 1980 Tom Watson 1981 Bill Rogers 1982 Tom Watson 1983 Tom Watson 1984 Seve Ballesteros 1985 Sandy Lyle 1986 Greg Norman 1987 Nick Faldo 1988 Seve Ballesteros 1989 Mark Calcavecchia† 1990 Nick Faldo 1991 Ian Baker-Finch 1992 Nick Faldo 1993 Greg Norman 1994 Nick Price 1995 John Daly† 1996 Tom Lehman 1997 Justin Leonard 1998 Mark O'Meara† 1999 Paul Lawrie† 2000 Tiger Woods 2001 David Duval 2002 Ernie Els† 2003 Ben Curtis 2004 Todd Hamilton† 2005‡ Tiger Woods 2006 Tiger Woods 2007 Pádraig Harrington† 2008 Pádraig Harrington 2009 Stewart Cink† 2010 Louis Oosthuizen 2011 Darren Clarke 2012 Ernie Els 2013 Phil Mickelson 2014‡ Rory McIlroy 2015 Zach Johnson† 2016 Henrik Stenson 2017 Jordan Spieth

† indicates the event was won in a playoff; ‡ indicates the event was won wire-to-wire in 72-holes; # indicates the event was won by an amateur

Darren Clarke
Darren Clarke
in the Ryder Cup

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European Ryder Cup
Ryder Cup
captains

Great Britain

1927 Ted Ray 1929 George Duncan 1931 Charles Whitcombe 1933 John Henry Taylor 1935 Charles Whitcombe 1937 Charles Whitcombe 1947 Henry Cotton 1949 Charles Whitcombe 1951 Arthur Lacey 1953 Henry Cotton 1955 Dai Rees 1957 Dai Rees 1959 Dai Rees 1961 Dai Rees 1963 John Fallon 1965 Harry Weetman 1967 Dai Rees 1969 Eric Brown 1971 Eric Brown

Great Britain & Ireland

1973 Bernard Hunt 1975 Bernard Hunt 1977 Brian Huggett

Europe

1979 John Jacobs 1981 John Jacobs 1983 Tony Jacklin 1985 Tony Jacklin 1987 Tony Jacklin 1989 Tony Jacklin 1991 Bernard Gallacher 1993 Bernard Gallacher 1995 Bernard Gallacher 1997 Seve Ballesteros 1999 Mark James 2002 Sam Torrance 2004 Bernhard Langer 2006 Ian Woosnam 2008 Nick Faldo 2010 Colin Montgomerie 2012 José María Olazábal 2014 Paul McGinley 2016 Darren Clarke

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European Ryder Cup
Ryder Cup
team – 1997

Thomas Bjørn Darren Clarke Nick Faldo Ignacio Garrido Per-Ulrik Johansson Bernhard Langer Colin Montgomerie José María Olazábal Jesper Parnevik Costantino Rocca Lee Westwood Ian Woosnam

Seve Ballesteros
Seve Ballesteros
(non-playing captain)

Won: 14.5 – 13.5

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European Ryder Cup
Ryder Cup
team – 1999

Darren Clarke Andrew Coltart Sergio García Pádraig Harrington Miguel Ángel Jiménez Paul Lawrie Colin Montgomerie José María Olazábal Jesper Parnevik Jarmo Sandelin Jean van de Velde Lee Westwood

Mark James (non-playing captain)

Lost: 13.5 – 14.5

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European Ryder Cup
Ryder Cup
team – 2002

Thomas Bjørn Darren Clarke Niclas Fasth Pierre Fulke Sergio García Pádraig Harrington Bernhard Langer Paul McGinley Colin Montgomerie Jesper Parnevik Phillip Price Lee Westwood

Sam Torrance
Sam Torrance
(non-playing captain)

Won: 15.5 – 12.5

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European Ryder Cup
Ryder Cup
team – 2004

Paul Casey Darren Clarke Luke Donald Sergio García Pádraig Harrington David Howell Miguel Ángel Jiménez Thomas Levet Paul McGinley Colin Montgomerie Ian Poulter Lee Westwood

Bernhard Langer
Bernhard Langer
(non-playing captain)

Won: 18.5 – 9.5

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European Ryder Cup
Ryder Cup
team – 2006

Paul Casey Darren Clarke Luke Donald Sergio García Pádraig Harrington David Howell Robert Karlsson Paul McGinley Colin Montgomerie José María Olazábal Henrik Stenson Lee Westwood

Ian Woosnam
Ian Woosnam
(non-playing captain)

Won: 18.5 – 9.5

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European Ryder Cup
Ryder Cup
team – 2016

Rafael Cabrera-Bello Matthew Fitzpatrick Sergio García Martin Kaymer Rory McIlroy Thomas Pieters Justin Rose Henrik Stenson Andy Sullivan Lee Westwood Danny Willett Chris Wood

Darren Clarke
Darren Clarke
(non-playing captain)

Lost: 11 – 17

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World Golf Championships champions

WGC-Championship

1999 Tiger Woods† 2000 Mike Weir 2001 Cancelled 2002 Tiger Woods 2003 Tiger Woods 2004 Ernie Els 2005 Tiger Woods† 2006 Tiger Woods 2007 Tiger Woods 2008 Geoff Ogilvy 2009 Phil Mickelson 2010 Ernie Els 2011 Nick Watney 2012 Justin Rose 2013 Tiger Woods 2014 Patrick Reed 2015 Dustin Johnson 2016 Adam Scott 2017 Dustin Johnson 2018 Phil Mickelson

WGC-Match Play

1999 Jeff Maggert 2000 Darren Clarke 2001 Steve Stricker 2002 Kevin Sutherland 2003 Tiger Woods 2004 Tiger Woods 2005 David Toms 2006 Geoff Ogilvy 2007 Henrik Stenson 2008 Tiger Woods 2009 Geoff Ogilvy 2010 Ian Poulter 2011 Luke Donald 2012 Hunter Mahan 2013 Matt Kuchar 2014 Jason Day 2015 Rory McIlroy 2016 Jason Day 2017 Dustin Johnson 2018 Bubba Watson

WGC-Invitational

1999 Tiger Woods 2000 Tiger Woods 2001 Tiger Woods† 2002 Craig Parry 2003 Darren Clarke 2004 Stewart Cink 2005 Tiger Woods 2006 Tiger Woods† 2007 Tiger Woods 2008 Vijay Singh 2009 Tiger Woods 2010 Hunter Mahan 2011 Adam Scott 2012 Keegan Bradley 2013 Tiger Woods 2014 Rory McIlroy 2015 Shane Lowry 2016 Dustin Johnson 2017 Hideki Matsuyama

WGC-Champions

2009 Phil Mickelson 2010 Francesco Molinari 2011 Martin Kaymer 2012 Ian Poulter 2013 Dustin Johnson 2014 Bubba Watson 2015 Russell Knox 2016 Hideki Matsuyama 2017 Justin Rose

WGC-World Cup

2000 David Duval
David Duval
/ Tiger Woods 2001 Ernie Els
Ernie Els
/ Retief Goosen 2002 Toshimitsu Izawa / Shigeki Maruyama 2003 Trevor Immelman
Trevor Immelman
/ Rory Sabbatini 2004 Paul Casey
Paul Casey
/ Luke Donald 2005 Stephen Dodd
Stephen Dodd
/ Bradley Dredge 2006 Bernhard Langer
Bernhard Langer
/ Marcel Siem No longer WGC event

† indicates the event was won in a playoff

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BBC Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
Sports Personality of the Year

2003: Peter Canavan 2004: Margaret Johnston 2005: David Healy 2006: Darren Clarke 2007: David Healy 2008: Seán Cavanagh 2009: Jason Smyth 2010: Graeme McDowell 2011: Rory McIlroy 2012: Rory McIlroy 2013: Martyn Irvine 2014: Rory McIlroy 2015: Michael Conlan 2017: Jonathan Rea

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Laureus World Sports Award for Comeback of the Year

2000: Lance Armstrong* 2001: Jennifer Capriati 2002: Goran Ivanišević 2003: Ronaldo 2004: Hermann Maier 2005: Alex Zanardi 2006: Martina Hingis 2007: Serena Williams 2008: Paula Radcliffe 2009: Vitali Klitschko 2010: Kim Clijsters 2011: Valentino Rossi 2012: Darren Clarke 2013: Félix Sánchez 2014: Rafael Nadal 2015: Schalk Burger 2016: Dan Carter 2017: Michael Phelps 2

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