Darren Clarke

Darren Clarke - Ryder Cup 2010 Vice Captain

Darren ClarkeHailing from Dungannon, Northern Ireland, Darren Clarke is one of the best and well known golfers in Europe.

In his prime, Darren was ranked in the top ten of golf for 43 weeks between 2000 and 2002. He has a host of Tour titles to his name from the European Tour in addition to the several he has won overseas. Although never winning a Major, Darren did win the WGC Matchplay in 2000, beating Tiger Woods in the final.

He has finished runner-up on three separate occasions on the European Tour Money list and has represented Ireland in the World Cup and Alfred Dunhill Cup and has played for European Ryder Cup Team on five consecutive occasions, from 1997 to 2006.

His unforgettable and tearful performance on the final day of the last Ryder Cup was one of the great Ryder Cup memories. He played magnificently winning his singles all in the wake of the death of his wife Heather just the month before. Darren, who was one of Ian Woosnam’s ‘Wildcards’ for the team, contributed 3 points from three matches and was later voted runner-up in the Sports Personality pf the Year. In his five Ryder Cup appearances to date, Darren has played 20 matches, winning 10 and losing 7 of them. He has been particularly impressive in the pairs matches, winning a total of nine points.

His best performance in a Major was his 2nd place in the British Open in 1997. He also finished 3rd in the’ Open’ in 2001. He has had a total of six top ten finishes in Major’s.

Darren, who has struggled to win a title for a little while bounced back in April 2008 with a great win in the ‘Asian Open’ in Shanghai. It was perfect timing for Darren, who put himself firmly in the eye of Ryder Cup Captain, Nick Faldo.