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Born: 1968-08-14, Dungannon, N. Ireland
Nationality: NIR
Height: 6' 1, Weight: 215lbs
Home: Abaco Club, Bahamas
College: Wake Forest
Turned Pro: 1990
Joined PGA Tour: 2003
Official World Golf Ranking: 1159
Notes: Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke played collegiate golf for a short time, in 1987, at Wake Forest University. He turned professional three years later and played his first full season on the European Tour in 1991. Clarke won his first title at the 1993 Alfred Dunhill Open, where he finished two shots ahead of Nick Faldo and Vijay Singh. He won again in 1996, twice in 1998 and once in 1999. Clarke's international breakthrough came in 2000, when he defeated Tiger Woods in ...

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Darren Clarke

Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke played collegiate golf for a short time, in 1987, at Wake Forest University. He turned professional three years later and played his first full season on the European Tour in 1991. Clarke won his first title at the 1993 Alfred Dunhill Open, where he finished two shots ahead of Nick Faldo and Vijay Singh. He won again in 1996, twice in 1998 and once in 1999.
Clarke's international breakthrough came in 2000, when he defeated Tiger Woods in the final, 4 & 3, at the 2000 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship at La Costa. This was Clarke's biggest victory at the time and netted him the $1-million first-place prize. Clarke faced a difficult route in the event, having to defeat big-name players that included Paul Azinger, Mark O'Meara, Thomas Bjorn, Hal Sutton and David Duval before taking on Woods in the final. Clarke followed that victory with another WGC win at the 2003 Bridgestone, shooting a final-round 67 for a four-shot victory. Between 1993 and 2003, he won eight more events on the European Tour.
His wife, Heather, was diagnosed with primary breast cancer in December 2001 and, in 2004, with secondary breast cancer. He took time away from golf to care for her and their two sons, Tyrone and Conor. She passed away in August 2006. Three weeks later, Clarke was a captain's pick for the European Ryder Cup Team. The Matches were conducted at The K Club. In an emotionally charged week, he played superbly, winning all three of his matches in a European victory.
A dedicated worker for charity, Clarke organized a special Pro-Am at Portmarnock in September 1998 to benefit the victims of the Omagh bombing tragedy. He also set up the Darren Clarke Foundation, which not only helps further the development of junior golf in Ireland but also raises money for breast-cancer awareness.
Clarke won once in 2008 at the BMW Asian Open but didn't win again until the 2011 Iberdrola Open in Spain. The latter set him up for the biggest victory of his career. Playing his 54th major at the 2011 Open Championship at Royal St. George's in England, Clarke posted four rounds of par or better to defeat Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson by three shots. Only Tom Kite (72 starts) and Mark O'Meara (59 starts) took longer to win their first major. He became just the second Open champion from Northern Ireland, joining Fred Daly, who won in 1947. He also became the fourth player from Northern Ireland to win a major, joining Daly, Graeme McDowell, and Rory McIlroy. It took Clarke 20 starts to win the Open, the longest time span for any player to record a first win at the major. At 42 years, 11 months and 3 days old, he became the oldest Open champion since Roberto De Vicenzo won in 1967 at age 44 years, 93 days, and the oldest major winner since Ben Crenshaw, who was 43 years, 2 months, 29 days at the 1995 Masters. The win vaulted him to 30th in the world rankings.
Later that year, he became an honorary member of the European Tour and was awarded an Order of the British Empire. He was given the PGA Recognition Award in 2012, the same year he married his current wife, Alison Campbell.
Clarke played in five Ryder Cup Matches (1997, 1999, 2002, 2004 and 2006), served as one of captain Colin Montgomerie's vice-captains in the win at The Celtic Manor Resort in 2010, and was a vice-captain for Jose Maria Olazabal's team in the victory at Medinah in 2012. He captained the European Team at the 2016 Ryder Cup.
2012 Notes: In 20 starts on both the European and PGA Tour, Clarke posted one top-25 finish, T-17th at the Volvo World Match Play Championship. He finished T-8th at the 2012 Australian PGA Championship. In April, he remarried Alison Campbell, whom he met in November 2009 on a blind date set up by Graeme McDowell.
2013 Notes: Clarke started the year 150th in the rankings, and in March tore a hamstring while playing tennis with his two sons. Recovery proved slow, and he took two months off from play. He played 17 events and only had one top-10, a T-2nd at the Nanshan China Masters. He ended the year ranked 296th in the world and announced he was going to join the PGA Tour and play full-time in America in 2014. (He had given up his PGA Tour card in 2006 to play full time in Europe).
2014 Notes: When Clarke appeared in his first event of the year at the Volvo Golf Championship, he had dropped 40 pounds, thanks to a new workout routine he started the previous October. He pulled a chest muscle at the Qatar Masters, and it took most of the year for the injury to heal. He played in 26 events and only had one top-15 finish, T-15th at the Asian Tour's Dubai Open.
2015 Notes: Clarke started the year healthy, but his best finish was T-15th at the Tshwane Open, which would be his last top-25 finish in any event worldwide. He withdrew during the first round at The Players Championship due to a sore wrist, but it hasn't been a problem since. Clarke was named in February as the captain of the 2016 European Ryder Cup team, which has taken a lot of his time.
2016 Notes: Only made three cuts, T-43rd at the Irish Open, T-61st at Abu Dhabi Golf Championship and T-30th at the Open Championship. Was on the losing side of the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine
2017 Notes: Didn't play on the weekend in 12 events. Has been doing some TV commentary work for both Sky Sports and NBC Sports.
2018 Notes: Made his first cut since the 2016 Open championship with a T-61st at the NBO Oman Open. Made one other cut on the European Tour, 63rd on the Hero Indian Open. Turned 50 over the summer and made six PGA Tour Champions appearances. Had a season-best T-24th at the Boeing Classic. Finished 90th on the money list.
2019 Notes: Playing a full-time schedule on the PGA Tour Champions, the first event of the year was T-10th in the Oasis Championship. Was T-2nd at the Cologuard Classic, made a 50-foot par putt on the final hole to finish 4 shots back of winner Mark O'Meara. Was T-4th at the Mastercard Japan Championship finishing 4 shots back of winner Scott McCarron.

Player Career Chart (for all results recorded on all Tours in GOLFstats)
Career at a Glance: Starts: 670, Cuts Made: 465 (69%), Top Tens: 142 (21%) , Rounds: 2148, Scoring Avg: 71.35, Career Earnings: $23,386,276 - Best Finish: 1st (14 times)
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Career Totals for Darren Clarke per Year
Performance Scoring Averages Stats
Year Starts Cuts Made % Wins % Top 5s % Top 10s % Top 25s % Rnds 1st Rd2nd Rd3rd Rd4th RdPre CutPost CutAll RndsP/RBi/RE/RBo/REarnings
  
25
  
  
4%7
  
  
  
15
  
9670.1
  
  
  
70.470.270.3----$3,136,961
  
  
  
2
  
  
32%
  
  
18
  
  
70.5
  
70.9
  
70.670.570.5----
  
  
21
  
  
8%8
  
11
  
  
67%8469.9
  
  
  
70.569.5
  
----$121,628
  
  
75%
  
7%
  
18%7
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
71.370.370.8----
  
23
  
  
2
  
2
  
  
  
6
  
8071.1
  
  
  
71.171.6
  
----
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
25%
  
  
1354%
  
  
  
69.5
  
70.570.1
  
----
  
  
  
  
  
3%
  
  
  
  
  
52%105
  
  
  
71.771.670.9
  
----$8,205
  
  
84%
  
4%
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
72.170.672.371.671.471.9
  
----
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
21%
  
  
85
  
71.670.9
  
71.970.871.5----$41,850
  
20
  
  
  
2
  
  
25%
  
  
84
  
  
  
  
71.370.3
  
----$1,321,228
  
  
86%0
  
  
  
  
  
15
  
76
  
  
70.270.270.570.2
  
----
  
  
  
  
  
0%
  
  
  
  
  
70%
  
  
70.6
  
  
70.970.1
  
----
  
27
  
70%
  
0%622%
  
  
  
56%
  
  
71.2
  
70.371.070.4
  
----
  
  
  
  
  
0%4
  
  
  
  
  
  
71.5
  
71.6
  
71.670.971.3----
  
  
  
  
0
  
  
  
523%9
  
76
  
70.270.4
  
70.871.170.9----
  
27
  
59%0
  
  
  
  
22%
  
  
  
  
  
71.8
  
72.171.571.9----$0
  
  
68%
  
  
  
  
  
  
9
  
  
71.1
  
71.272.371.171.771.4----
  
  
19
  
0
  
28%
  
  
7
  
  
  
  
  
  
70.671.170.8----
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
4
  
  
  
  
  
71.7
  
  
71.271.4
  
----$515,195
25
  
  
  
0%
  
  
  
12%6
  
  
  
71.070.872.071.371.471.3----
  
  
1158%
  
0%
  
0%15%3
  
55
  
72.2
  
  
73.372.1
  
----
  
  
6
  
  
  
  
0%
  
  
  
23%
  
  
  
71.871.372.671.6
  
----$255,109
  
1246%
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
73.3
  
  
  
72.572.5
  
----
  
24
  
  
  
0%
  
  
00%
  
8%60
  
72.273.072.672.772.872.8----$233,644
22
  
  
0
  
  
  
  
  
2
  
  
  
72.4
  
72.172.672.372.5----
  
  
  
  
  
0%
  
  
  
0%
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
73.371.3
  
----
  
15960%
  
0%
  
0%0
  
  
  
  
73.3
  
  
  
73.374.5
  
----
  
  
  
  
0
  
  
0%
  
0%
  
  
  
74.5
  
  
  
74.772.274.2----$83,346
  
00%
  
0%
  
  
  
  
  
0%
  
  
75.50075.6075.6----
  
Year Starts Cuts Made % Wins % Top 5 % Top 10 % Top 25 % Rnds 1st Rd 2nd Rd 3rd Rd 4th Rd Pre Cut Post Cut All Rds P/R Bi/R E/R Bo/R Earnings
Avg/Year
Totals66946414891422592144$23,347,389
Green cells highlight the best in each column/category, yellow the worst.
Stats: P/R=Pars per Round, Bi/R = Birdies per Round, E/R = Eagles per Round, Bo/R = Bogeys per Round. Only provided on last 3, 5 or 10 year reports.