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Darren Clarke

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (49) / 8/14/1968
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 215

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Darren Clarke hasn't had a top 10 on the European Tour since winning the 2011 Open Championship (no really!) but he's in position to end that unwanted streak this weekend after crafting a bogey-free 5-under-par 35-32=67 in the second round of the NBO Oman Open to finish at 5-under 139 at halfway.
Right now, the Northern Irishman is T11 on the live leaderboard at Al Mouj Golf, a jump of 38 spots on the day. Clarke mixed four birdies and four bogeys in his even-par opener and started out today in decent fashion with 10 pars and a birdie at 15 in his opening 11 holes after teeing off from the 10th tee. From that solid base, he found a real groove with birdies at 3, 5, 6 and 7 to surge up the board. He's currently four off the clubhouse lead and six back from Matthieu Pavon, who has three to play. What's changed? Well, a course with a links feel near water obviously taps into Clarke's strengths but he's not actually played all four rounds in a European Tour event since T30 in the 2016 Open and now sits at 1,442 in the world rankings. It's good to see him back and hopefully the former Ryder Cup skipper can turn this bright start into a decent finish. Feb 16 - 6:26 AM

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Darren Clarke will boast plenty of local knowledge at this week’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.

The former Ryder Cup skipper now lives in nearby Portrush and, of course, used his vast array of links skills to win the 2011 Open Championship at Royal St. George’s. That was then and this is now though and Clarke shot 84-76 in last week’s Open de France which made it 12 straight missed cuts since T30 in last summer’s Open Championship at Royal Troon. At least that performance in Scotland showed he can still come to life on the links (he’d missed seven of eight cuts before Troon) and he’s cashed at this event for the last three years (43-28-58). It’s not beyond reason that he finds a spark again.
Tue, Jul 4, 2017 05:23:00 PM

European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke tees it up at the BMW PGA Championship lacking any sort of form on the West Course or anywhere else for that matter.

The Northern Irishman had missed five straight cuts prior to last week’s T43 in the Irish Open. Clearly his form is not helped by his Ryder Cup captaincy responsibilities, but it is hardly an excuse for his long term form. The brutal fact is that he hasn’t made a PGA or European Tour top ten since winning the 2011 British Open, an astonishing collapse. His event and course form reveals a remarkable split. Between 1997 and 2004 he was twice a runner-up in this event and was 6-for-7 in top 15 finishes. But in 11 subsequent visits he has a best of T32 and has made the weekend only 4 times.
Tue, May 24, 2016 09:01:00 AM

European Ryder Cup chief Darren Clarke makes his way to the Masters carrying a record at the event which peaked very quickly.

The Northern Irishman has made 13 trips to Augusta National GC and yet the T8 he made on debut in 1998 remains his best effort, indeed he’s not achieved better than T17 since. The only bright spark in a poor logbook was his first round lead in 2003, but he duly spent the rest of the week going backwards. More pertinent is that he has broken par just once in his last 13 rounds on the course. Nor does his form offer much hope of an improvement. In the short term he arrives off the back of four missed cuts, in the medium term he is 5-for-17, and his long term form is best summed up by the reality that he hasn’t found the top ten on the European or PGA Tours since winning the 2011 British Open.
Mon, Apr 4, 2016 04:25:00 PM

Darren Clarke returns for his second visit to the Valspar Championship and first since a T58 in 2014.

The 2016 European Ryder Cup captain is the first Northern Irishman to lead Team Europe. Overall, he's featured in seven Ryder Cups -- five as a player, and two as vice-captain. The 46-year-old owns 14 career international wins and three PGA TOUR victories, with the last in both categories coming in 2011, including the 2011 Open Championship at Royal St. George's. He still plays a full worldwide schedule with 26 starts in each of the past two seasons, but hasn't logged a top 10 since a T2 at the Nanshan China Masters on the OneAsia Tour in 2013. In total, Clarke has missed the cut in 30 of his last 56 events.
Wed, Mar 9, 2016 02:13:00 PM

Darren Clarke heads to Sheboygan, Wisconsin to make his 17th start in the PGA Championship.

The Northern Irishman has made the cut in the year's final major just six times out of 16 but two of those came at this week's venue Whistling Straits. Clarke was T13 in the 2004 event held there and T48 in 2010. Europe's 2016 Ryder Cup captain hasn't managed a top 20 in a major since winning the 2011 Open Championship and this year has finished T52 at the Masters but missed the cut at both the U.S. Open and Open Championship. He will tee off alongside fellow veterans Davis Love III and Steve Stricker from the 1st at 12:20pm local time on Thursday.
Tue, Aug 11, 2015 05:05:00 AM

Darren Clarke will have Italian Matteo Manassero and French amateur Romain Langasque for company in the first two rounds of the U.S. Open.

Clarke became the oldest player to win the Claret Jug since 1967 when taking victory as a 42-year-old in the 2011 edition at Royal St Georges. Now 46, he's very much the father figure in this group with his playing partners aged a combined 41. They start out at 09:22 on Thursday. The Northern Irishman has never got near to hitting the heights of his 2011 success but he's put up some useful numbers in the last two years, finishing T21 at Muirfield in 2013 and T26 at Hoylake last year. His St. Andrews record is also solid (T31-T7-T15-T44) so gamers might want to take a look. Clarke missed the cut in the Open de France on his last start but before that was T20 in the BMW International Open.
Tue, Jul 14, 2015 07:53:00 AM

Darren Clarke limped home with a 10-over-par 40-40=80 to end at 17-over 157 and miss the cut by a distance at the 115th U.S. Open.

That's even worse than Tiger Woods! In fact, it's worse than everyone with Europe's next Ryder Cup skipper currently occupying 156th and last place at Chambers Bay after shooting a shot higher than former U.S. Open champions Woods and Lucas Glover. Inevitably, Clarke's card makes grim reading and contained a triple, a double and seven bogeys. We didn't really see it coming either as the 2011 Open champion had finished a decent T28 in his home Irish Open last month.
Fri, Jun 19, 2015 07:31:00 PM

Darren Clarke will head back to his native Northern Ireland to contest the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down.

Surprisingly, he's yet to win his national Open despite missing just two editions since 1990. His best results were a second place at Fota Island in 2001 and a third at Carton House in 2006. Europe's next Ryder Cup captain hasn't finished better than T39 in his last four appearances in this event although he'll know Royal County Down better than almost anyone in the field. A closing 66 which lifted him to T38 at Wentworth last week may also entice gamers to take a chance on him.
Tue, May 26, 2015 05:38:00 PM

Darren Clarke's scorecard was littered with bogeys although he limited the damage to a 2-over-par 39-35=74 in round one of the BMW PGA Championship.

It looked as if the wrist injury which had caused his withdrawal from THE PLAYERS could still be troubling him as he dropped shots at three of the first four holes and went to the turn in 39. He settled down on Wentworth's easier back nine and clawed his way back to 1-over before a closing six, his seventh bogey of the day, left the 2011 Open champion nine shots behind the lead of Francesco Molinari. Clarke hit 13 greens in regulation but was just 1-for-5 in scrambling.
Thu, May 21, 2015 02:45:00 PM

Darren Clarke withdrew from THE PLAYERS during his opening round due to a wrist injury suffered warming up this morning.

It's not known which wrist is injured. Clarke squared a 7 at the par-5 11th hole, and then called it quits. He was 10-over-par through 11 with three bogeys, two doubles and a triple. It's his second mid-tournament WD at TPC Sawgrass in his last three appearances (2007). It's also his seventh in 159 PGA TOUR starts. If he's able, the 46-year-old will try again at the BMW PGA Championship in two weeks.
Thu, May 7, 2015 12:10:00 PM

Darren Clarke makes his third PGA TOUR start of the year at this week's PLAYERS.

The Northern Irishman qualified this week via his 2011 Open Championship victory. The non-member is 1-for-2 on the PGA TOUR this season with his T52 at the Masters being the best. Clarke is long past his prime but he'll have course experience on his side as he readies for his 12th start at this event.
Wed, May 6, 2015 08:02:00 PM

Europe's new Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke will hope to improve a patchy record at Augusta National this week.

The Northern Irishman shot 67-69 on the weekend in his first Masters to finish T8 in 1998 but hasn't recorded anything better than a T20 in 11 subsequent visits. The 2011 Open champion did hold the round one lead after an opening 66 in 2003 but faded to T28 while he's failed to break 70 since 2005. On the plus side, Clarke made the cut last year and, despite some poor form at the start of 2015, finished T15 in last month's Tshwane Open.
Wed, Apr 8, 2015 06:25:00 PM

Darren Clarke banked only his second top 20 on the European Tour in the last 17 months after a closing 1-under 36-33=69 at the Tshwane Open.

Europe's Ryder Cup captain for the 2016 event at Hazeltine started and finished with a bogey in his final lap of Pretoria CC but birdies at 10, 14 and 15 secured a third straight round in the 60s and a final total of 5-under 275. The Northern Irishman was just 1-for-5 before this week and today's finish was his best since a T12 in the 2013 Alfred Dunhill Championship.
Sun, Mar 15, 2015 09:51:00 AM

Darren Clarke will hope being announced as Europe's Ryder Cup captain for 2016 will have a galvanizing effect on his golf game.

The Ulsterman, who will skipper the holders at Hazeltine next year, is 0-for-2 on the European Tour this year and will hope to cash for the first time in this week's Joburg Open. He certainly has some fond memories of Royal Johannesburg & Kensington as he was fourth in this event in 2008, runner-up in 2010 and T20 on his last appearance in 2011. Clarke warmed up by contesting last week's Dimension Data Pro-Am on South African soil but missed the cut there too.
Wed, Feb 25, 2015 06:17:00 AM