Tag Archives: Darren Clarke

Sep
29
2016
By Jon McCarthy under Ryder Cup

 

Match 1: Justin Rose (Ryder Cup record: 9-3-2) Henrik Stenson (Ryder Cup record: 5-4-2) vs. Patrick Reed (Ryder Cup record: 3-0-1) Jordan Spieth (Ryder Cup record: 2-1-1)

No wasting time. The marquee match of the morning has Europe sending out this year’s British Open champ and Olympic champ. Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson went 3-0 as a team at the 2014 Ryder Cup. Team USA kicks off its latest redemption mission by reuniting Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed, who were the only Americans who did anything two years ago at Gleneagles. Then, they were both rookies with very little expected of them. Now, they are expected to be America’s best. This is all good so long as they win. Now, it’s not exactly Phil and Tiger from 2004 (wait, wasn’t that Hal Sutton’s fault?) but a Spieth-Reed loss could start to deflate an American team that spent two years trying to pump itself up.

 

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Sep
28
2016
By Jon McCarthy under Ryder Cup

 

Danny Willett’s brother is back at it.

You might remember PJ Willett from Masters Sunday when he took to Twitter to show his brotherly love by trash talking Jordan Spieth for slow play and threatening not to let Danny come home if he blew the lead. Well, turns out that was JP Willett on his best behaviour.

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Sep
23
2016

Nerves, passion and strong emotions are already running high amongst the 30 players in the field at East Lake — and no, unfortunately, these feelings aren’t necessarily inspired by the absolutely thrilling Tour Championship after the first round, and the kinda tacky $10-million FedExCup prize to the winner of the year-long contest. It’s all about next week’s Ryder Cup at Hazeltine in Minnesota, just outside Minneapolis. And it’s already getting all Mean Girls!

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Jun
6
2016

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Sorry, American fans, I don’t know how to break this to you. But if you thought you were going to make it through a Ryder Cup without having to worry that Ian Poulter’s eyeballs were going to fall out of his head, well, no such luck. I mean, it would have been wishful thinking, anyway. We all knew this announcement was coming when the news broke Friday that Poulter was sidelined for the next four months with a nagging foot injury.

There was absolutely no way European Captain Darren Clarke was not going to pick the Ryder-Cup whisperer as one of his vice-captains. And it simply wouldn’t be a proper Ryder Cup without Poulter’s bug-eyes, fist-pumps, puffed-up chest and arrogance. That makes it all the more fun and it will be extremely satisfying when the Americans (finally) beat the Europeans for the first time this century in these biennial matches. Amirite or amirite? 

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May
27
2015

Get excited for the Irish Open to kick off Thursday morning at Royal County Down Golf Club, a brilliant test of golf with a spectacular layout and scenery — no wonder it’s one of the world’s greatest courses. Not enough is said about the venue, which has that “it” factor and special atmosphere that only the best major championship sites possess. In other words, RCD, which is located about an hour from Belfast in Northern Ireland,  feels like it could host an Open Championship and this event feels notably distinct.

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Feb
18
2015
Europe's lead man

Europe’s lead man

Instead of an 11-person task force for Team America, it only took the Europeans a five-man panel to select Darren Clarke as the next Ryder Cup captain. The 46-year-old will become the first Northern Irishman to lead Europe’s team in the biennial matches pitted against the U.S. in 2016 at Hazeltine. 

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Jul
19
2014
By Bernie D'Amato under The Open Championship

 

Darren Clarke was just going about his business in the third round with seven straight pars before getting to the 17th. Clarke then put on a show with four straight birdies on holes 17, 18, 1, and 2. He bogeyed 3, and added two more birdies on 4 and 5 before cooling off with four pars to end the day. The amazing run in the middle part of Clarke’s round yielded a score of five-under 67.

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Jul
16
2012
By Conor Nagle under The Open Championship

Tiger in action during Monday's practice round.

While great swathes of North America spent the first half of the summer as if under an enormous heatlamp, boiling or broiling with the shifts in humidity, the United Kingdom (and Ireland!) suffered a deluge of nearly biblical proportions.

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