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Profile: Darren Clarke

Darren Clarke
  • Birthplace: Dungannon, N. Ireland
  • Residence: Chobham, England
  • Birthdate: August 14, 1968
  • Age: 36
  • Turned Professional: 1990

Ryder Cup Record

1997, 1999, 2000
Played 12
Won 4
Lost 6
Halved 2

Career Victories

European Tour

10 - 1993 Alfred Dunhill Open, 1996 Linde German Masters, 1998 Benson & Hedges International Open, Volvo Masters Andalucia, 1999 Compass Group English Open, 2000 WGC - Accenture Match Play, The Compass Group English Open, 2001 Smurfit European Open, 2002 The Compass Group English Open, 2003 WGC-NEC Invitational

PGA Tour

2 - 2000 WGC-Accenture Match Play, 03 WGC-NEC Invitational

Other

1992 Ulster Professional Championship, 1994 Irish National PGA Championship, 2001 Dimensio Data Pro-Am, Chunichi Crowns, 2003 Benmore Developments Northern Ireland Masters

Player Notes

Renowned as one of the best shot makers in the game, Darren Clarke is sure to be a driving force in Bernhard Langer's Ryder Cup Team.

The Northern Irishman will play in his fourth Ryder Cup at Oakland Hills Country Club, having made his debut at Valderrama in 1997 - the same year as one of his closest friends in golf, Englishman Lee Westwood.

Clarke had to cool his heels on the sidelines for the opening matches of 1997, but burst into action on the Saturday morning, partnering Colin Montgomerie to a brilliant one hole victory over the American pair of Fred Couples and Davis Love III.

By 1999, Clarke and Westwood had become two of Europe's main players and Captain Mark James had no qualms about pairing the firm friends on the course - a decision that came to fruition in blistering fashion during the Friday Fourballs.

Having lost to Jeff Maggert and Hal Sutton in the morning Foursomes, Clarke and Westwood responded with a stunning win over Tiger Woods and David Duval - the world's top two players at the time.

Despite winning another European point the next morning against Jim Furyk and Mark O'Meara, Clarke and Westwood went on to lose against Phil Mickelson and Tom Lehman before both players missed out in the Singles as America staged the biggest Ryder Cup comeback in history.

And so to The De Vere Belfry in 2002, where Clarke partnered Thomas Björn to one point out of three, before teaming up with fellow Irishman Paul McGinley for a vital half against Jim Furyk and Scott Hoch.

Two down with four to play against the American duo, Clarke and McGinley rallied magnificently to win the 14th with a birdie two and then 16th with another birdie to get to all square. They then lost the 17th to be one down with one to play, but McGinley's gutsy par at the last handed the Irish pair a crucial half.

In the last day Singles two years ago, Clarke nullified the threat of David Duval by securing another half point before watching McGinley sink that winning putt to hand the European Team the trophy, and Clarke's second Ryder Cup success.

Background

Became the first European to win one of the World Golf Championships events, capturing the Accenture Match Play in February 2000, beating David Duval in the semi-final and Tiger Woods in the 36 hole final at La Costa Resort and Spa. Went on to become the only player, apart from Woods, to have more than one WGC success to his name when he won the 2003 NEC Invitational at Firestone Country Club in Ohio by four shots. Not a stranger to 'firsts' however. In the 1999 Smurfit European Open he became the first player on The European Tour to shoot 60 for a second time, having achieved it first in the 1992 European Monte Carlo Open. In 2001 he became the first Irishman to win on home soil since John O'Leary in 1982, when he captured the Smurfit European Open, and in 2002, became the first player to win the English Open three times. Has also been part of a winning European Ryder Cup Team on two occasions, the first time in 1997 at Valderrama and the second time in September 2002 The De Vere Belfry. Owns the car registration DC 60 - a reference to those low rounds. Played in, and won the inaugural Benmore Developments Northern Ireland Masters on the 2003 European Challenge Tour and donated his €35,877 cheque to his own Darren Clarke Foundation, to help further the development of junior golf in Ireland.

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