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Darren Clarke of Northern Ireland shot an even-par 70 Sunday in very uneven conditions at Royal St. George's, and won the Open Championship by three shots. Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson tied for second.
You'd be hard-pressed to find a more beloved person in golf than newly minted Open Champion Darren Clarke. Clarke's first major victory resonated with everyone who knows what he's been through, writes Andy Farrell.
Before the start of the 140th Open Championship, Phil Mickelson said he was looking for a fresh start with golf's oldest major. That attitude proved helpful, as Mickelson tied for second -- his best Open finish.
Dustin Johnson tied Phil Mickelson for second on Sunday after an eventful week that saw him start off ill, rebound with an ace, then lose his chance to win with an errant iron shot that led to a fateful double bogey.
Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke won the 140th Open Championship at Royal St. George's, by three shots at 5-under 275. With that, he claimed the third spot in the 2011 PGA Grand Slam of Golf foursome.
Sergio Garcia's summer of rediscovering his vintage form got even better on Sunday. Plus, three alternates finish in the top 10, Darren Clarke gets some advice on closing via text from Tiger Woods, and more.
Darren Clarke hasn't looked so comfortable on the golf course in a decade. His father Godfrey credits Clarke's recent move back home to Portrush, Northern Ireland, as the main factor behind his resurgence.
Rory McIlroy is no doubt one of the hottest young stars the game has to offer, but as AP columnist John Leicester notes, we learned at the Open Championship that the young Ulsterman still has some things to work on.
Tom Lewis, 20, earned the silver medal for low-amateur honors at the Open Championship on Sunday. Lewis, who is named after Tom Watson, played with his namesake in the first two days and was a first-round co-leader.