Saturday 29 April 2017

Sam Smyth: Clarkie is hero of most beloved kind -- flawed but full of generosity

Clarkie joined Higgie and Bestie on the pantheon of bold-boy local heroes yesterday when he arrived back in Northern Ireland.

Like the late Alex Higgins and George Best, the new Open Champion only answers to that signature twist on his family name -- Clarkie.

He also kept his promise about celebrating after winning the Open on Sunday evening: "I think they will be very, very long and I'll be very hungover," he predicted.

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