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Jacquelin in front at Volvo Golf Champions

Jacquelin in front at Volvo Golf Champions

DURBAN, South Africa, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Raphael Jacquelin birdied the final two holes Thursday and leads the European Tour's Volvo Golf Champions by one stroke in windy conditions in South Africa.
Darren Clarke withdraws from Masters

Darren Clarke withdraws from Masters

AUGUSTA, Ga., April 8 (UPI) -- Darren Clarke, the 2011 British Open champion, said Monday he withdrew from this week's Masters because of a hamstring injury.
Snedeker jumps into British Open lead

Snedeker jumps into British Open lead

LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England, July 20 (UPI) -- Brandt Snedeker tied a pair of tournament records Friday in building a one-stroke lead through the second round at the 141st British Open.

British Open begins Thursday

LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England, July 18 (UPI) -- The oldest golf tournament in the world begins Thursday with a series of streaks in progress at the sport's major championships.
Donald, Mickelson in British Open group

Donald, Mickelson in British Open group

LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England, July 16 (UPI) -- World No. 1 Luke Donald, looking for a first major tournament title, was grouped with Phil Mickelson and Geoff Ogilvy for the first rounds of the British Open.
Donald at No. 1 going into British Open

Donald at No. 1 going into British Open

VIRGINIA WATER, England, July 16 (UPI) -- Three English players, including world No. 1 Luke Donald, and Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy are in the Top 10 heading into this week's British Open.

Marcel Siem leads on European Tour

PARIS, July 6 (UPI) -- Marcel Siem shot his second straight 68 Friday and survived a weather delay to take a one-shot lead after 36 holes of the Open de France.

Nilsson out front on European Tour

PARIS, July 5 (UPI) -- Christian Nilsson produced his best round of the year by three shots Thursday to take the lead after the first round of the Open de France.

Morrison shoots 64, leads BMW PGA

SURREY, England, May 25 (UPI) -- James Morrison of England shot an 8-under 64 Friday and leads the BMW PGA Championship by four strokes over Luke Donald and David Drysdale.
Finch advances on last hole win match play

Finch advances on last hole win match play

ANDALUCIA, Spain, May 18 (UPI) -- Richard Finch won the 18th hole Friday in securing the final spot in the knockout round of the European Tour's Volvo World Match Play Championship.
Poulter wins opener in world match play

Poulter wins opener in world match play

ANDALUCIA, Spain, May 17 (UPI) -- Defending champion Ian Poulter was among the winners Thursday in first-day action at the European Tour's Volvo World Match Play Championship in Spain.

Pair ties 54-hole record at Africa Open

EAST LONDON, South Africa, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Defending champion Louis Ooshuizen shot a six-under 67 Saturday to earn a share of the lead at the Africa Open.
Donald is European Tour Player of the Year

Donald is European Tour Player of the Year

LONDON, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- World No. 1-ranked golfer Luke Donald, who won the money-list title on both the European and PGA tours, was named the European Tour's Player of the Year.
Westwood repeats at Nebank Golf Challenge

Westwood repeats at Nebank Golf Challenge

SUN CITY, South Africa, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- Lee Westwood successfully defended his 2010 tournament title, with a three-stroke victory Sunday at the European Tour's Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa.

Bradley bests Schwartzel in Grand Slam

SOUTHAMPTON, Bermuda, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- Keegan Bradley managed only an even-par 71 Wednesday but it was good enough to hold off Charl Schwartzel for the PGA Grand Slam of Golf title.
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Darren Clarke
Irish golfer Jose Darren Clarke looks relaxed on the final practice day at the 2005 British Open golf championship on the old course of St.Andrews on Wednesday 13 July 2005. (UPI Photo/Hugo Philpott)
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Darren Christopher Clarke (born 14 August 1968) is a professional golfer from Northern Ireland who currently plays on the European Tour and has previously played on the PGA Tour. He has won 22 tournaments worldwide on a number of golf's main tours including the European Tour, the PGA Tour, the Sunshine Tour and the Japan Golf Tour. His most notable win came at Royal St George's where he won the 2011 Open Championship, his first major win after more than 20 years and 54 attempts. Clarke has also won two World Golf Championship events, most notably the 2000 WGC-Andersen Consulting Match Play Championship where he squared off with, and defeated, Tiger Woods. These victories came when Clarke enjoyed his most prominent spell as a golfer – he was ranked in the top 10 of the Official World Golf Rankings for 43 weeks between 2000 and 2002. His highest finish on the European Tour money list is second, which he achieved in 1998, 2000 and 2003. Clarke is currently ranked as the sixth highest career money winner on the European Tour.

Clarke has represented Ireland as both an amateur and as a professional, notably at the World Cup and Alfred Dunhill Cup, and was a member of five consecutive European Ryder Cup teams between 1997 to 2006.

Clarke's victory at the 2011 Open Championship meant he became the third major winner from Northern Ireland in 13 months, following Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy's 2010 and 2011 victories in the U.S. Open, prompting McIlroy to quip that Northern Ireland was the 'Golf Capital of the World'.

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