Profile

Country: Northern Ireland
DoB: 14 August 1968
Height: 6ft 2ins (1.88 metres)
Interests: Fishing, cigars, fine wines, cars & Liverpool FC
Attachment: The Astbury
Family: Wife, Alison. Sons, Tyrone and Conor
Tours: European Tour

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One of the world’s most well known golfers, Darren Clarke has won many fans with his passionate play and dedicated approach to the game. A stalwart of The European Tour since 1991, the Ulsterman is no stranger to firsts.

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 2002 he became the first player to win the English Open three times and in 2003 became the first player outside Tiger Woods to capture more than one World Golf Championship title.  Three weeks after the untimely death of wife Heather, who finally lost her brave battle against cancer in August 2006, Darren was picked as one of the wild cards for The Ryder Cup at K Club and in an emotionally charged week produced one of his most memorable performances, winning all three of his matches.

A dedicated worker for charity, he set up his own Darren Clarke Foundation, which not only helps further the development of junior golf in Ireland, but also now raises money for Breast Cancer Awareness.

Darren has assured his place in history by earning a place in the renowned ‘Who’s Who’ guide for 2008, and in 2005 he even appeared on an Irish postage stamp. A difficult 2007, where Darren juggled looking after his two sons with his golf regime, saw him slip down the rankings, but he began to find his form again in South Africa before the winter break.

2008 was a great year for Darren with wins in the BMW Asian Open in China and the KLM Open in The Netherlands where his sons Tyrone and Conor were there to witness Dad's victory.

In 2010 he beat a world class field in the JP McManus Invitational Pro-Am at Adare Manor in Ireland where he had a one shot victory over Luke Donald. He secured his spot in the 139th Open Championship at St Andrews by finishing 2nd in the Barclays Scottish Open. Darren finished 30th in the European Tour Race To Dubai assuring his place in the field for the 2011 Open Championship at Royal St Georges. He rounded off 2010 in great style with the announcement of his engagement to Alison Campbell.

2011 began well for Darren with a victory in the Iberdrola Open in Mallorca but he enjoyed his finest hour in July when he claimed his maiden major championship. Darren won the 140th Open Championship at Royal St George's in Kent by three shots from Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson.

In April 2012 Darren and Alison were married at Abaco in the Bahamas which marked a very happy new chapter for the Clarke family.

Career Victories

1993

Alfred Dunhill Belgian Open

1996

Linde German Masters

1998

Benson & Hedges International Open

1998

Volvo Masters

1999

Compass Group English Open

2000

WGC - Andersen Consulting Match Play Championship

2000

Compass Group English Open

2001

Dimension Data Pro-Am

2001

Chunichi Crowns

2001

Smurfit European Open

2002

Compass Group English Open

2003

WGC - NEC Invitational

2003

Benmore Developments Northern Ireland Masters

2004

Mitsui Sumitomo VISA Taiyeiho Masters

2005

Mitsui Sumitomo VISA Taiyeiho Masters

2008

BMW Asian Open

2008

The KLM Open

2010

JP McManus Invitational Pro-Am

2011

Iberdrola Open

2011

140th Open Championship

The Darren Clarke Foundation

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The Darren Clarke Golf School

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