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Name: - Darren Christopher Clarke
Country: - Northern Ireland
Born : - Aug 14, 1968 in Dungannon, Co. Tyrone, N. Ireland.
Original Home/Club: - Dungannon GC, N. Ireland
Occupation: - Professional golfer
Turned Pro: - 1990
Web Address: - http://www.darrenclarke.com
Sponsor / Attachment: - TaylorMade, Dunlop

Roll of Honour

MAJORS (1): The Open (2011). Ryder Cup player (1997, '99, 2002, '04, '06). Ryder Cup captain (2016). Multiple wins on the European, US PGA, Japan and Asian Tours. Appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire, OBE (2012).

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Darren Clarke is one of the world's leading tour players who plays predominantly on the European Tour, but also in the USA, Asia and on other international tours. He attended college at Wake Forest University in North Carolina, before turning professional in 1990.

Clarke's illustrious playing career saw him become a legendary Ryder Cup player, culminating in his 2006 appearance, six weeks after the death of his wife Heather. Contributing three points from his three matches, he was warmly embraced by players on both sides as Europe went about recording a famous 18.5 to 9.5 points victory at Ireland's K Club.

Clarke was made an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in 2012. He currently lives in Portrush in Northern Ireland.

Top tournaments won by Darren Clarke

2011Men EuropeMallorca OpenPula GC274 (-6)€166,660
Played as the Iberdrola Open (May 12-15). Second-placed Chris Wood (Eng) and David Lynn (Eng) finished 3 shots behind Clarke (N. Ire), who claimed his 13th win on the European Tour. [Pula GC, Son Servera, Mallorca, Spain].
2011Men MajorsThe OpenRoyal St George's275 (-5)£900,000
The Open Championship (140th) (July 14-17). Second-placed Phil Mickelson (USA) and Dustin Johnson (USA) finished 3 shots behind Clarke (N.Ire). This was the first win in a major championship for the popular 42-year-old Irishman. [Royal St George's GC, Sandwich, Kent].
2008Men AsiaBMW Asian OpenTomson Shanghai Pudong280 (-8)US$383,330
Played as the BMW Asian Open (April 24-27; Asian/Eurpn Trs event). Second-placed Robert-Jan Derksen (Neth) finished 1 shot behind Clarke (N.Ire), who enjoyed his first European Tour win in almost 5 years. [Tomson GC, Pudong, Shanghai, China].
2008Men EuropeDutch OpenKennemer264 (-16)€300,000
Played as the KLM Open (Aug 21-14). Second-placed Paul McGinley (Ire) finished 4 shots behind fellow Irishman Clarke (N.Ire). [Kennemer G&CC, Zandvoort, Netherlands].
2005Men JapanTaiheiyo MastersTaiheiyo Club (Gotemba)270 (-18)¥30million
Played as the Mitsui Sumitomo VISA Taiheiyo Masters (Nov 10-13; Japan Tr event). Second-placed Mitsuhiro Tateyama (Jpn) finished 2 shots behind defending champion Clarke (N.Ire), who recorded the last of his three Japan Tour wins. [Gotemba course, Taiheiyo Club, Gotemba, Shizuoka, Jpn].
2004Men JapanTaiheiyo MastersTaiheiyo Club (Gotemba)266 (-22)¥30million
Played as the Mitsui Sumitomo VISA Taiheiyo Masters (Nov 11-14; Japan Tr event). Second-placed Lee Westwood (Eng) and Nozomi Kawahara (Jpn) finished 6 shots behind wire-to-wire winner Clarke (N.Ire), who recorded his second Japan Tour win. [Gotemba course, Taiheiyo Club, Gotemba, Shizuoka, Jpn].
2003Men WGCWGC - InvitationalFirestone CC268 (-12)$1,050,000
Played as the WGC-NEC Invitational (Aug 21-24). Second-placed Jonathan Kaye (USA) finished 4 shots behind Clarke (N. Ire). [South course, Firestone CC, Akron, Ohio].
2002Men EuropeEnglish OpenForest of Arden271 (-17)€208,798
Played as the Compass Group English Open (June 6-9). Second-placed Søren Hansen (Den) finished 3 shots behind Clarke (N.Ire). [Arden course, Forest of Arden CC, Meriden, nr Birmingham].
2001Men AfricaDimension Data Pro-AmGary Player CC274 (-14)R317,000
Played as the Dimension Data Pro-Am (Feb 1-4; Sunshine Tr 2000/01 season). Second-placed Tjaart van der Walt (RSA) and Retief Goosen (RSA) finished 2 shots behind Clarke (N.Ire). [Gary Player CC, Sun City Resort, North West Prov, RSA].
2001Men EuropeEuropean OpenK Club273 (-15)€553,728
Played as the Smurfit European Open (July 5-8). Second-placed Thomas Bjørn (Den), Ian Woosnam (Wales) and Pádraig Harrington (Ire) finished 3 shots behind Clarke (N.Ire). [Palmer course, K Club, Straffan, nr Dublin].
2001Men JapanThe CrownsNagoya GC267 (-13)¥22million
Played as The Crowns - International Invitation Golf (April 26-29; Japan Tr event; aka the Chunichi Crowns). Second-placed Keiichiro Fukabori (Jpn) and Shinichi Yokota (Jpn) finished 4 shots behind first-time Japan Tour winner Clarke (N.Ire). [Wago course, Nagoya GC, Aichi, Japan].
2000Men EuropeEnglish OpenForest of Arden275 (-13)€208,330
Played as the Compass Group English Open (June 1-4). Second-placed Michael Campbell (NZ) finished 1 shot behind defending champion Clarke (N.Ire). [Arden course, Forest of Arden CC, Meriden, nr Birmingham].
2000Men WGCWGC - Match PlayLa Costa Resort4 & 3$1,000,000
Played as the WGC-Andersen Consulting Match Play Championship (Feb 23-27). Clarke (N.Ire) beat Tiger Woods (USA) 4 and 3 in the 36-hole final. [Champions course, La Costa Resort, Carlsbad, Calif.]
1999Men EuropeEnglish OpenHanbury Manor268 (-20)€166,660
Played as the Compass Group English Open (June 3-6). Second-placed John Bickerton (Eng) finished 2 shots behind Clarke (N.Ire). [Hanbury Manor CC, Ware, Herts].
1998Men EuropeB&H Intl. OpenOxfordshire, The273 (-15)£125,000
Played as the Benson & Hedges International Open (May 14-17). Second-placed Santiago Luna (Esp) finished 3 shots behind Clarke (N.Ire). [The Oxfordshire, Milton Common, nr Oxford].
1998Men AwardsLow Stroke Ave - Eurpn Tr69.45n/a
Clarke (N.Ire) recorded the season's lowest stroke average on the European Tour. Colin Montgomerie (Scot) was second with 69.66; Lee Westwood (Eng) was third with 69.85.
1998Men EuropeVolvo MastersMontecastillo271 (-17)£166,000
Played as the Volvo Masters (Oct 29-Nov 1; Eurpn Tr season-ending event). Second-placed Andrew Coltart (Scot) finished 2 shots behind Clarke (N.Ire). [Montecastillo Resort, Jerez de la Frontera, Cadiz, Spain].
1996Men EuropeGerman MastersBerlin-Motzener See264 (-24)£108,330
Played as the Linde German Masters. Second-placed Mark Davis (Eng) finished 1 shot behind Clarke (N.Ire), who recorded his second European Tour win. [Berliner G&CC Motzener See, Motzen, nr Berlin].
1993Men EuropeBelgian OpenRoyal Zoute270 (-14)£100,000
Played as the Alfred Dunhill Open (Oct 7-10). Second-placed Vijay Singh (Fiji) and Nick Faldo (Eng) finished 2 shots behind first-time European Tour winner Clarke (N.Ire). [Royal Zoute GC, Knokke-Heist, West Flanders, Belgium].


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