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Golf Australia Express : Issue 4
Current British Open champ Darren Clarke has had one hell of a life. From nearly being blown up in a Northern Ireland pub to the tragic loss of his wife, and now a claret jug to his name. And as he puts it, “some good, some bad”. The latest chapter in the book of his life would certainly fall into the former category. Clarke’s stirring win at Sandwich a couple of weeks back was significant in many ways. First, after 21 years on tour, he was finally able to secure his maiden major, and at 42 became the oldest first-time major winner since Roberto de Vicenzo way back in 1967. But don’t let that absence of majors fool you into thinking the British Open win was a fluke—Clarke’s long had game. That game was no more on show than at the 2000 WGC Match Play Championship final. Clarke smashed Tiger Woods 4&3 when the former World No.1 was at the peak of his career. Golf’s latest major winner has a lot to smile about these days. But it hasn’t always been that way. Darren Clarke has experienced the highs and lows of life, the lowest being the death of his wife to cancer six weeks before the 2006 Ryder Cup. But as the ever-popular Clarke has since shown, he’s made of real grit and a big heart. PLAYER THE WHEN IRISH IRONS ARE SMILING The Next Generation www.qualitygolf.com.au