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Golf Profile: Darren Clarke

Darren Clarke OBE is a Northern Irish golfer who has registered 22 victories on the PGA and European Tours and whose most impressive win was at the Open Championship in 2011. Darren Clarke can be booked for appearances and brand opportunities at private and corporate events through London based celebrity talent agency MN2S.

Over the course of his career, Clarke has played on the PGA Tour, European Tour, Sunshine Tour and the Japan Golf Tour and to this day stands as the seventh highest career money winner on the European Tour, on which he finished in second place in 1998, 2000 and 2003. He has won two World Golf Championship Events, including his hard fought victory over Tiger Woods at the 2000 WGC-Anderson Consulting Match Play Championship, and was in the top 10 in the Official World Golf Ranking for 43 weeks from 2000 to 2002.

After playing collegiate golf from 1987 at Wake Forest University, Clarke went professional in 1990 playing his first full season on the European Tour in 1991 and competed in the Open Championship in the same year.

Clarke’s breakthrough came in 1993, when he won his first European Tour tournament – the Alfred Dunhill Open in Belgium, where he held off the challenges of Nick Faldo and Vijay Singh to take first place by two strokes. Later in the season he came close to following this up with a second tournament victory at the Volvo Masters, but lost out by one shot to Colin Montgomerie. This season, and the following two, saw him achieve a number of top ten finishes, and in 1996 he won his second European Tour title at the Line German Masters and recorded his highest ever finish at The Open Championships.

In 1997, Clarke came second in the Volvo PGA Championship and also gained a strong position in The Open, only to be beaten by a late surge from Justin Leonard, and in 1998 he made what remains his best ever finish at the Masters where he finished joint 8th. In the same season he won the Benson & Hedges International Open and the Volvo Masters, before making his biggest breakthrough yet in 2000 by defeating Tiger Woods to clinch victory at the 2000 WGC-Anderson Consulting Match Play Championship, and also recorded his highest finish, tied 9th place, at the PGA Championship.

In 2001 he won the Smurfit European Open and a second WGC win, this time at the WGC-NEC Invitational, confirmed a strong string of performances on the European Tour. Despite a temporary loss of form, he returned to winning ways in 2008 when he took first at the BMW Asian Open and then at the KLM Open in the Netherlands.

In 2011 he won the Iberdola Open and then historically won his first major, the 2011 Open, at the age of 42, which he dedicated to his wife, whom he tragically lost to breast cancer.

Having recorded a plethora of European Tour victories and the all-important victory at the 2011 Open Championship, Clarke is an inspirational persaonlity to appear at a wide variety of private or corporate events. To book Darren Clarke as a stellar after dinner speaker or for a brand endorsement, please contact MN2S Talent Agency.


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