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The Greatest Irish Golfers

July 19, 2011
A look back at the best golfers to ever come from the Emerald Isle
Darren Clarke

Darren Clarke

The Northern Irishman's breakthrough at the 2011 British Open gave him his first major title and a third in the last six majors for his home country that has a population of just 1.8 million. Born in Dungannon, Clarke's first major didn't come until age 42, but the popular pro had already accomplished plenty. He came to Royal St. George's with 13 career European Tour titles and two on the PGA Tour, including the 2000 World Match Play in which he defeated Tiger Woods 4&3 in the 36-hole final.
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