Posted: 4th June 2012
Hi there, yes I know it's been a while but such a lot has been going on!
The most exciting thing to have happened since my last blog is that myself and Alison were married on the beach at Abaco in The Bahamas. We wanted a small private family affair with no publicity so that was why it was shrouded in secrecy! We had the most fantastic day with both our families there and a few close friends. Our honeymoon was spent in Abaco and we had a brilliant relaxing time which was just what we needed. Neil Hughes from Sunseeker give us the use of one of his fantastic yachts which was the icing on the cake!
I accompanied Alison to her major event of the year, the Open & Direct Miss Northern Ireland final at the Europa Hotel in Belfast, which was a fantastic evening, very well organised by my lovely wife! Tiffany Brien wowed the judges and took the Miss Northern Ireland crown. Tiffany is an Olympic sailing hopeful and a marketing student who will do a grand job of representing Northern Ireland at Miss World in China later this year.
On the golf course things haven't been so great - as you will have probably read I have had to withdraw from the US Open due to a groin injury. This first reared its head at the Houston Open and was giving me plenty of jip at the Masters - then I thought all was well and I started feeling at again at Wentworth last week and was advised complete rest - so frustratingly that is what I'm doing.
The next event I'll be playing is the Irish Open at Portrush and I am determined to be in top form for that event and will definitely be playing even if I'm hobbling. It's fantastic to have the event in Northern Ireland and I'm extremely proud that it's at my home club, which I know will test the skills of the very best, especially if the wind blows.
So my enforced rest has me at home and spending time with the family which is the only bonus to not being able to play. Over the weekend myself and Alison, my sister Andrea and husband Davy, went off to Belfast to see Westlife in concert which was absolutely brilliant - the backstage passes and meeting the band made for a great Saturday night out.
So that's it from me and I'll report in again soon. Cheers, Darren.
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