• Age
    50
  • Turned Pro
    1990
  • Previous Opens
    27
  • Champion golfer of the year
    2011

Darren Clarke

Clarke
At 42 became the oldest player to lift the Claret Jug since Roberto de Vicenzo in 1967 when, in his 20th appearance, he defeated Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson by three strokes at Sandwich in 2011.

Qualification

Darren Clarke has qualified to play Royal Portrush
Clarke
  • 1991

    Open Debut

  • 4

    Open top-10s

  • Liverpool FC, Fishing

    Special Interests

Clarke captures the Claret Jug

In 2011 at Royal St George's the Northern Irishman fulfilled his boyhood dream of becoming Champion Golfer of the Year. 

Darren Clarke wins the 140th open at Royal st george's

At 42 became the oldest player to lift the Claret Jug since Roberto de Vicenzo in 1967 when, in his 20th appearance, he defeated Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson by three strokes at Sandwich in 2011. 

It followed US Open victories by his fellow Northern Irishmen Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy and was five years on from a remarkable unbeaten display in a Ryder Cup match played at The K Club in Ireland just six weeks after his first wife Heather died of breast cancer. 

Had previously finished joint runner-up to Justin Leonard at Royal Troon in 1997 and tied third when David Duval won at Royal Lytham and St Annes four years later.

Distinguished career, rewarded in 2012 with an OBE, also includes two World Golf Championship wins, the 2000 Andersen-Consulting Match Play seeing him beat Tiger Woods in the final, top 10 finishes in each of the other three major championships and 14 victories on the European Tour, where he is the only player to have had two rounds of 60.

After five Ryder Cup caps as a player, four of them wins, he twice served as an assistant captain before leading Europe at Hazeltine in 2016.

Qualification

Darren Clarke has qualified to play Royal Portrush
Venue
Finish
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
Par
Carnoustie 2018
M/C
82
83
-
-
-
M/C
Royal Birkdale 2017
M/C
75
73
-
-
-
M/C
Royal Troon 2016
T30
71
72
73
70
286
2
St Andrews 2015
M/C
73
73
-
-
-
M/C
Royal Liverpool 2014
T26
72
72
67
73
284
-4
Muirfield 2013
T21
72
71
76
72
291
7
Royal Lytham & St Annes 2012
M/C
76
71
-
-
-
M/C
Royal St George's 2011
1
68
68
69
70
275
-5
St Andrews 2010
T44
70
70
77
71
288
-
Turnberry 2009
T52
71
71
78
69
289
-
Carnoustie 2007
M/C
72
76
-
-
-
M/C
Royal Liverpool 2006
M/C
69
82
-
-
-
M/C
St Andrews 2005
15
73
70
67
73
283
-
Royal Troon 2004
11
69
72
73
68
282
-
Royal St George's 2003
59
75
75
71
76
297
-
Muirfield 2002
37
72
67
77
69
285
-
Royal Lytham & St Annes 2001
3
70
69
69
70
278
-
St Andrews 2000
7
70
69
68
73
280
-
Carnoustie 1999
30
76
75
76
73
300
-
Royal Birkdale 1998
M/C
73
75
-
-
-
M/C
Royal Troon 1997
2
67
66
71
71
275
-
Royal Lytham & St Annes 1996
11
70
68
69
71
278
-
St Andrews 1995
31
69
77
70
74
290
-
Turnberry 1994
38
73
68
69
70
280
-
Royal St George's 1993
39
69
71
69
74
283
-
Muirfield 1992
M/C
76
72
-
-
-
M/C
Royal Birkdale 1991
64
79
67
68
73
287
-

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