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Darren Clarke |

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (46) / 8/14/1968
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 215
College: Wake Forest University

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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. Apr 8 - 6:25 PM

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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.
Mar 15 - 9:51 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.
Feb 25 - 6:17 AM

Darren Clarke was announced today at the captain for the European squad at the 2016 Ryder Cup.

The likeable Ulsterman will have the task of leading the three-time defending champions at Hazeltine National on Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2016. He's a five-time member from 1997-2006. "I am lucky to have played and worked under some fantastic captains in my seven Ryder Cups to date," Clarke said, "and I look forward to the challenge of trying to follow in their footsteps and help Europe to a fourth consecutive Ryder Cup victory at Hazeltine next year." His designation isn't a surprise.
Feb 18 - 11:00 AM

Darren Clarke turned back the clock for a 5-under-par 35-32=67 in the third round of The Open Championship.

Beginning his day on the 10th hole, Clarke followed up pars on the first seven holes with birdie on the 17th and 18th holes. He kept the momentum going on Hoylake's front nine with birdies on the first and second holes before dropping his only shot at the par-4 third. Not to worry, as he bounced back with birdies at the fourth and fifth holes before securing pars the rest of the way. His 5-under 211 is good for an early clubhouse lead.
Sat, Jul 19, 2014 08:51:00 AM

Darren Clarke will take his first peek at The Old White TPC at The Greenbrier Classic this week.

The Ulsterman has missed seven of his last nine cuts worldwide, with six of those coming on the PGA TOUR. He's fallen to 211th in the FedExCup standings since his last tee time. While Clarke's psychical appearance may be in top form, his golf game could use some tune-up. Gamers can avoid Clarke this week and have no regrets.
Tue, Jul 1, 2014 11:00:00 AM

Darren Clarke is set to make his first appearance in the FedEx St. Jude Classic.

Clarke is a distant 208th in the FedExCup standings, and he has struggled since returning to a full PGA TOUR slate. In 10 starts this season, he's made just four cuts and failed to do any better than a T44 at the Masters. There is no logical reason to think he will contend at TPC Southwind.
Mon, Jun 2, 2014 10:37:00 PM

Darren Clarke returns to Quail Hollow Club for his second attempt at the Wells Fargo Championship.

In his only other venture to Charlotte, North Carolina, he withdrew after a first-round 76 in 2007. Given that he's 207th in the current FedExCup standings, there is very little reason for optimism this week. That said, his T44 at the Masters was his best 2013-14 result.
Mon, Apr 28, 2014 08:50:00 PM

Darren Clarke will compete in his sixth Shell Houston Open later this week.

Clarke enters the week 218th in the FedExCup standings, and searching for a magic formula ahead of next week's Masters. His T58 at the Valspar Championship three weeks ago was his best finish in six 2013-14 PGA TOUR starts. He has a pair of top-four finishes in this event, but none of them came at the current venue of the Golf Club of Houston.
Mon, Mar 31, 2014 10:14:00 PM

Darren Clarke settled for a 7-over-par 38-39=77 in his opening round of The Honda Classic.

He get an A for effort but any 45-year-old with an injured chest muscle will have trouble swinging a golf club, much less as his profession. Clarke found only four (of 14) fairways and eight greens in regulation today. He wiped away two birdies with five bogeys and two doubles. He withdrew after an opening 78 at the NTO two weeks ago, so don't be surprised if he makes the same decision today. His only motivation for giving it a go without hope for success is to check off starts to reach the membership minimum of 15, even if he calls it quits after 18 holes.
Thu, Feb 27, 2014 02:53:00 PM

Darren Clarke is listed in the published field of next week's Honda Classic.

We'll see about this. An injured chest muscle prevented him from teeing it up in Qatar last month, and then it forced him out after just one round at Riviera last week. Clarke is 1-for-2 at PGA National with a T44 in 2009.
Fri, Feb 21, 2014 06:57:00 PM

Darren Clarke withdrew from the Northern Trust Open following his opening round due to the recurrence of an injury to a chest muscle.

He signed for a 7-over-par 40-38=78 before calling it an early week. Clarke split seven (of 14) fairways and found only eight greens in regulation. While he picked off two birdies, he squared seven bogeys and four-putted the par-3 14th from 57'3" for double bogey.
Thu, Feb 13, 2014 08:49:00 PM

Darren Clarke is picking back up his 2013-14 PGA TOUR season at this week's Northern Trust Open.

Clarke's previous two starts this season came late in 2013, tying for 65th in The McGladrey Classic and finishing alone in 77th at the OHL Classic in Mayakoba. He's no stranger to Riviera Country Club, having made six appearances and tying for third in his last trip back in 2005. It would be fair for one to wonder why he ever took this event off his schedule.
Wed, Feb 12, 2014 09:06:00 PM

Darren Clarke has made the decision to play a full schedule on the 2013-14 PGA TOUR.

He is afforded this luxury due to his win at The Open Championship in 2011. He played three events that would count towards the PGA TOUR during the 2013 season, and they were the last three majors in the rotation. He has already logged two starts in the new season, making the cut on both occasions but failing to do any better than a T65 on Sea Island. His 2011 Open Championship came from out of nowhere, and we have seen older players such as Tom Watson and Greg Norman find the fountain of youth in that event in recent years. One could even add Ernie Els to that list. Don’t mistake that one week with a reason to assign Clarke the fantasy value afforded most recent major winners.
Sun, Dec 15, 2013 09:30:00 PM

Darren Clarke signed for a 1-under-par 34-35=69 following his opening round of The McGladrey Classic.

In his first round as a fully exempt PGA TOUR member since 2007, Clarke split 10 (of 14) fairways and hit 14 greens in regulation. He reeled in a red number thanks to four birdies against three bogeys. While he dropped a 12-footer for birdie at the 14th hole, his longest conversion of the day was a par save from 17'4" at 8, the penultimate hole of the round. Afterwards, he confirmed on Golf Channel that he's scheduled to play in next week's OHL Classic of Mayakoba and has plans of teeing it up at Pebble Beach and Riviera in February. Clarke added that he'll make appearances on the European Tour's Desert Swing in between the PGA TOUR starts now and later.
Thu, Nov 7, 2013 03:16:00 PM