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Darren Clarke

  • Birthplace: Dungannon, N. Ireland
  • Residence: Chobham, England
  • Age: 39
  • Turned Pro: 1990
  • Eligibility Code: 11

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Player Notes

A stalwart of The European Tour since 1991, the Ulsterman is no stranger to firsts. In the 1999 Smurfit European Open he became the first player on The European Tour to shoot 60 for a second time, having achieved it first in the 1992 European Monte Carlo Open, and in 2001 he became the first Irishman to win on home soil since John O'Leary in 1982, when he captured the Smurfit European Open. In 2002 he became the first player to win the English Open three times and in 2003 became the first player outside Tiger Woods to capture more than one World Golf Championship title. In 2006 his wife, Heather, lost her battle with cancer, but three weeks later he was picked as one of the wild cards for the Ryder Cup at The K Club and in an emotionally-charged week produced a superb performance, winning all three of his matches. A dedicated worker for charity, he organized a special Pro-Am at Portmarnock in September 1998 in aid of the victims of the Omagh bombing tragedy and set up his own Darren Clarke Foundation, which not only helps further the development of junior golf in Ireland, but also now raises money for Breast Cancer Awareness. Turned a corner with a joint third place in the South African Airways Open in December 2007, his first top five in 18 months. Won his first European Tour title in nearly five years at the BMW Asian Open in April 2008. In 1996, Colin Montgomerie told Clarke that he wasn't living up to his potential and should be winning every year on the European Tour. . .Since then, Clarke has been more disciplined about practicing and in 1998 won twice, finished first in scoring average - in Europe and second on the Order of Merit, behind Montgomerie. He slipped a bit in 1999 but has rebounded in 2000 by winning the Andersen Consulting Match Play Championship, defeating Tiger Woods in the finals. . .The Ferrari-loving Clarke said after winning the match play that he will work on his fitness level.,. . .Member of the 1997, '99, 2002, '04 & 2006 Ryder Cup Team.

Career Victories

European Tour
11 - 1993 Alfred Dunhill Open, 1996 Linde German Masters, 1998 Benson & Hedges International, Volvo Masters, 1999 Compass Group English Open, 2000 Andersen Consulting Match Play Championship (Also Counts On PGA Tour), The Compass Group English Open, 2001 Smurfit European Open, 2002 Compass Group English Open, 2003 WGC-NEC Invitational, 2008 BMW Asian Open. Also Won 1990 Spanish Open Amateur and Irish Amateur Championship, 2003 Northern Ireland Masters, 2004 Visa Taiheiyo Masters

PGA Tour
2 - 2000 WGC-Andersen Consulting Match Play Championship, 2003 WGC-NEC Invitational

Career Summary

1991 European Tour Victories
Tournaments entered - 19; in money - 11; Top-10 finishes - 1; scoring average - 72.79 (ranked 75th); money - (Euro)41,845 or ?29,889 (ranked 112th); best finish - T10th, Madrid Open.

1992 European Tour Victories
Tournaments entered - 27; in money - 19; Top-10 finishes - 6; scoring average - 71.89; money - (Euro)196,412 or ?140,294 (ranked 41st); best finish - 2nd, Honda Open.

1993 European Tour Victories
Tournaments entered - 30; in money - 23; Top-10 finishes -6; scoring average - 71.28 (ranked 20th); money - (Euro)517,545 or ?369,675 (ranked 8th); Winner, Alfred Dunhill Open.

1994 European Tour Victories
Tournaments entered - 21; in money - 17; Top-10 finishes - 5; scoring average - 71.33 (ranked 23rd); money - (Euro)208,160 or ?148,686 (ranked 37th); best finish - 4th, BMW International Open.

1995 European Tour Victories
Tournaments entered - 27; in money - 21; Top-10 finishes - 7; scoring average - 71.30 (ranked 9th); money - (Euro)316,645 or ?226,175 (ranked 14th); best finish - 2nd, Portuguese Open.

1996 European Tour Victories
Tournaments entered - 26; in money - 17; Top-10 finishes - 5; scoring average - 71.45 (ranked 18th); money - (Euro)461,713 or ?329,795 (ranked 8th); Winner, Linde German Masters.

1997 European Tour Victories
Tournaments entered - 18; in money - 16; Top-10 finishes - 9; scoring average - 69.45 (ranked 1st); money - (Euro)1,264,014 or ?902,867 (ranked 2nd); Winner, Benson and Hedges International and Volvo Masters. On the PGA Tour in 1998 played six times, finished T8th at Masters, T-24th at Buick Classic, T-43rd at U.S. Open, T-45th at MCI Classic and missed cut at Players Championship and British Open.

1999 European Tour Victories
Tournaments entered - 21; in money - 19; Top-10 finishes - 7; scoring average - 71.12 (ranked T17th); money - (Euro)731,289 or ?522,349 (ranked 8th); Winner, Compass Group English Open.

1999 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 10; in money - 7; Top-10 finishes - 1; money - $139,118 (ranked 176th); best finish - T10th, U.S. Open.

2000 European Tour Victories
Tournaments entered - 22; in money - 21; Top-10 finishes - 11; scoring average - 70.29 (ranked T5th); money - (Euro)2,717,965 or ?1,616,441 (ranked 2nd); Winner, Andersen Consulting Match Play, Compass Group English Open.

2000 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 10; rounds played - 32; in money - 8; Top-10 finishes - 3; money - $1,393,364 (ranked 32nd - unofficial); Winner, at the Accenture Match Play Championship.

2000 Stats
scoring average - 71.01 / (n/a); driving distance - 272.3 / (n/a); driving accuracy -70.9% / (n/a); GIR - 63.3% / (n/a); putting - 1.806 / (n/a); birdie average - 3.16 per rd / (n/a) / total birdies - 101; sand saves - 51.7% / (n/a); scrambling - 54.6% / (n/a); all-around rank - / (n/a).

2001 European Tour Victories
Tournaments entered - 23; in money - 22; Top-10 finishes - 9; scoring average - 70.02 (ranked T10th); money - (Euro)1,988,055 or ?1,236,091 (ranked 3rd); Winner, Smurfit European Open.

2001 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 7; rounds played - 24; in money - 5; Top-10 finishes - 2; money - $705,869 (ranked 76th-unofficial); best finish -3rd at the British Open and NEC Invitational.

2001 Stats
scoring average - 69.98 / (n/a); driving distance - 283.2 / (n/a); driving accuracy -67.1% / (n/a); GIR - 61.1% / (n/a); putting - 1.805 / (n/a); birdie average - 3.46 per rd / (n/a) / total birdies - 83; sand saves - 57.1% / (n/a); scrambling - 62.1% / (n/a); all-around rank - / (n/a).

2002 European Tour Victories
Tournaments entered - 20; in money - 19; Top-10 finishes - 4; scoring average - 71.01 (ranked T26th); money - (Euro)848,023 or ?540,711 (ranked 22nd); Winner, Compass Group English Open.

2002 Notes
His 16 under par total at the Shell Houston Open was his best 72 hole sub-par score in all his starts on the PGA Tour career.

2002 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered -; rounds played - 34; in money - 8; Top-10 finishes - 2; best finish -2 at the Shell Houston Open; money - $769,811 (ranked 91st - unofficial).

2002 Stats
scoring average - 70.59 / (n/a); driving distance - 286.9 / (n/a); driving accuracy -65.5% / (n/a); GIR - 65.2% / (n/a); putting - 1.801 / (n/a); birdie average - 3.41 per rd / (n/a) / total birdies - 116; sand saves - % / (n/a)

2003 European Tour Victories
Tournaments entered - 18; in money - 17; Top-10 finishes - 8; scoring average - 70.48 (ranked 11th); money - (Euro)2,210,051 or ?1,540,868 (ranked 2nd); Winner, WGC-NEC Invitational.

2003 Notes
His win in the WGC-NEC Invitational made him the only player other than Tiger Woods to win multiple WGC events.

2003 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 16; rounds played - 54; in money - 14; Top-10 finishes - 5; money - $763,931; (ranked 85th / $2,013,931 - 29th - unofficial); best finish - Won at the WGC-NEC Invitational

2003 Stats
scoring average - 69.91 / (14th); driving distance - 304.9 / (4th); driving accuracy - 65.3% / (116th); GIR - 63.7% / (137th); putting - 1.769 / (73rd); birdie average - 3.78 per rd / (57th) / total birdies - 204; sand saves - 48.3% / (124th); all-around rank - 530 / (30th).

2004 European Tour Victories
Tournaments entered - 19; in money - 17; Top-10 finishes - 7; scoring average - 70.56 (ranked 9th); money - (Euro)1,563,803 or ?1,081,408 (ranked 8th); best finish - 3rd, Omega Hong Kong Open, Deutsche Bank-SAP Open and WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.

2004 Notes
Won on the Japan Tour late in the year to continue a streak of victories worldwide dating back to 1997

2004 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 16; rounds played - 48; in money - 10; Top-10 finishes - 4; money - $2,009,8191; (ranked 28th); best finish - 3rd, Mercedes Championship and WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.

2004 Stats
scoring average - 70.33 / (27th); driving distance - 289.0 / (78th); driving accuracy - 62.3% / (130th); GIR - 64.0% / (120th); putting - 1.745 / (13th); birdie average - 3.77 per rd / (34th) / total birdies - 181; sand saves - 46.2% / (137th); all-around rank - 593 / (44th).

2005 European Tour Victories
Tournaments entered - 14; in money - 13; Top-10 finishes - 6; scoring average - 70.65 (ranked 20th); money - (Euro)971,131 or ?656,387 (ranked 20th); best finish - T2nd Barclays Scottish Open.

2005 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 12; rounds played - 40; in money - 11; Top-10 finishes - 5; money - $1,465,921.27; (ranked 53 - unofficial); best finish - T-2 at the MCI Heritage.

2006 European Tour Victories
Tournaments entered - 14; in money - 12; Top-10 finishes - 3; scoring average - 71.43 (ranked 58th); money - (Euro)583,348 or ?390,788 (ranked 43rd); best finish - 3rd, Nissan Irish Open.

2006 Notes
Wife, Heather, died Aug. 13 at the age of 39 after a battle with cancer. Granted special release as he fell shy of PGA Tour minimum appearances of 15 events.

2006 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 10; rounds played - 26; in money - 7; Top-10 finishes - 2; money - $660,897; (ranked 125th); best finish - 3 at the Bay Hill Invitational

2007 European Tour Victories
Tournaments entered - 20; in money - 11; Top-10 finishes - 0; scoring average - 72.76 (ranked 192nd); money - (Euro)172,110 or ?120,731 (ranked 138th); best finish - T19th, Barclays Scottish Open.

2007 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 10; rounds played - 21; in money - 4; Top-10 Finishes - 0; money - $107,980 (ranked N/A); best finish - T33rd at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.

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