18 Jul 2011

Wait is finally over for British Open champion

6:33 am on 18 July 2011

Many thought Darren Clarke would never win a major, but the Northern Irishman defied his critics firing four rounds of exceptional golf to win the British Open and lift the Claret Jug for the first time.

Clarke's long wait for a first major title ended after he fought off a pack of Americans to claim a magnificent victory at a windswept Royal St Georges.

Playing in the championship for the 20th time, the burly 42-year-old carded a masterful final round 70 to finish on five under par three shots clear of Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson.

While others may have doubted his chances, Clarke says he always had faith in his own ability.


IN: I always believed...

OUT: ...very very hungover.

DUR: 14 secs.

Darren Clarke.