British Open Leaderboard: Darren Clarke Wins the 2011 Open
Darren Clarke, from Northern Ireland, is the Champion at the British Open 2011. After four days of golf from the world’s best golfers, combined with blustery English weather, Darren Clarke is triumphant with a score of -5. The great golfers from Northern Ireland can add another Championship, with three in the last 13 months from that region. Graeme McDowell, U.S.Open, 2010; Rory McIlroy, U.S. Open 2011 and now Darren Clarke, the British Open 2011. At 42-years of age, Darren Clarke has become the oldest golfer in 44 years to win the British Open championship, since it was won by Roberto de Vicenzo, from Argentina in 1967.
He was three strokes away from the tied second place winners, Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson, both of the U.S. with postings of -2. This is a great major win for Darren Clarke who claimed the Auld Claret Jug trophy after his long wait at the British Open. His golf was excellent, even during the rain and high winds, he scored 3 birdies. Today, he had one birdie and one eagle to become the leader of such a prestigious tournament.
At one point on the British Open leaderboard today, Phil Mickelson had actually tied for first place with the leader, after starting his day five behind, but that was short lived when Darren Clarke scored an eagle to go ahead by 2 points. Thomas Bjorn from Denmark, who lead the field the first day, dropped to third place with -1. Congratulations to Darren Clarke, who takes home a check for 900,000 British pounds, his perseverance has finally paid off at the 2011 British Open.