Darren Clarke seals maiden major win at the Open

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  1. Not606 News Team

    Jun 7, 2011
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    Darren Clarke retained his lead to ensure a career-first major victory in the Open at Royal St George's.

    The 42-year-old Northern Irishman kept his nerves in check to secure a three-stroke victory after a final-round 70.

    Clarke finished on five under ahead of Phil Mickelson (68) and Dustin Johnson (72).

    The American duo were followed by Thomas Bjorn (71), of Denmark, at one under and a further trio of Americans, with Rickie Fowler (72), Chad Campbell (69) and Anthony Kim (70) all finshing on level par.

    Clarke is the UK's first winner of the open since Paul Lawrie in 1999, and becomes the oldest first-time major champion since Roberto Di Vicenzo's in 1967.

    He had a one-shot lead over Johnson ahead of the final round and showed no sign of nerves as he made certain that the Claret Jug was his.

    By the final hole, the tournament was Clarke's to lose and he cautiosly made a bogey to become the 2011 Open champion.

    Clarke said: "It is just incredible. I'm a bit speechless. I played ok today, I did what I had to do and the last few holes when I was far ahead I just tried to be careful and not do anything stupid.

    "I've been very calm all week, I won six weeks ago and the more you put yourself in winning positions the more comfortable you get. I was very comfortable with my game this week.

    "I could hear the roars going up for Phil Mickelson on the way round but I was hitting some shots and doing ok. Professional golf has its ebbs and flows, that's the way it goes.

    "It's very special for me and the kids. They were playing at Royal Portrush today and they will be very proud.

    "The celebrations could be long and - not arduous - very enjoyable tonight."
  2. Chris.

    Chris. #bringbackchris

    Jan 29, 2011
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    Fully deserved in my opinion.
  3. King Shergar

    King Shergar Well-Known Member

    May 9, 2011
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    Ye no arguments a fully deserved victory, though his nerve wasn't realy tested late on as his main Challengers Mickelson and Jhonson fell apart on the back 9. Jhonson seems to be a serial bottler though, he has the talent but he can never hold it together on the final day of a major.

    Mickelson was the one that probably threw his chance away the most, missing that 18 incher ruined the momentum he had going, it was more of a lack of concentration than a miss though, which is unusual for such an experienced player. After that you could tell his mindset had changed he never recovered, though the front 9 of 30 was an amazing front 9 :biggrin:
  4. kennethbakkum

    kennethbakkum New Member

    Jul 1, 2011
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