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Darren Clarke |

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (47) / 8/14/1968
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 215
College: Wake Forest University

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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. Aug 11 - 5:05 AM

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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.
Jul 14 - 7:53 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.
Jun 19 - 7:31 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.
May 26 - 5:38 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.
May 21 - 2:45 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.
May 7 - 12:10 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.
May 6 - 8:02 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.
Apr 8 - 6:25 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.
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