Darren Clarke Finishes It Off: Open Championship Winner

Posted: July 17, 2011 by mceagle611 in Sports
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Courtesy of blog.syracuse.com

Darren Clarke, Northern Ireland native, despite the rain and late charges from other competitors on Sunday was able to capture his first Claret Jug Sunday. The third major champion of Northern Ireland in thirteen months was clearly not a favorite coming into this week’s Open, Clarke proved that he was truly the best this weekend on Sunday. If one wishes to win a major with a lead heading into Sunday – Clarke’s situation – they truthfully must not play great golf…only good enough golf to fend off all the others; and this is exactly what Darren Clarke did. It was remarkable because he played good golf – not really making a single visible mistake – all day, at times in the pouring down rain, and held off the three charging Americans – Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, and Rickie Fowler – to assert his name onto the Claret Jug forever. How great it must feel.

The names that we thought we were going to see at the top of the Leaderboard Sunday – Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald, and Lee Westwood, Graeme McDowell, Matt Kuchar – were not even close. The only one that was left was so-called ‘golf prodigy’ Rory McIlroy who entered the clubhouse after 72 holes of Open Championship play at 7-over par; the other four mentioned above were cut after play on Friday. So there was quite a disappointment because the world’s top-3 never had a shot this weekend of winning it; it is a shame to say the least. Now do all you McIlroy believers think that Rory is already better than Tiger and Jack?

Do not think that Clarke, however, was never challenged. As I alluded to above, Phil Mickelson opened his final round on Sunday by closing in on Clarke with a 6-under par through 10 holes; then the energy went off the course. Mickelson finished his last eight holes at a 4-over par, and despite a poor ending to his promising round grabbed a top-five finish; he was also only one of four players that finished with a score under-par (even par is 280 at Royal St.George’s).

Once again the Royal St.George’s course proved to be quite a test for the world’s best golfers, but as the first-time major winner – also first player in his 40’s to win a major since 2004 – hoisted the Claret Jug there was a feeling of accomplishment and an emotion to go along with it that will never be forgotten. Congratulations to Darren Clarke, the Open Championship winner, and I guess now all we can say what an effort…and I cannot wait until next year when the Open Championship returns to Royal Lytham and St. Anne’s.

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  2. […] the Open Championship and North Ireland Native Darren Clarke (You can also read more about his win here) was given 1:100 odds of winning the Major…however he came out on Sunday with the Claret Jug. […]

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