Tuesday 24 January 2017

Clarke woes continue Down Under

Published 28/11/2011 | 05:00

Darren Clarke. Photo: Getty Images
Darren Clarke. Photo: Getty Images

Like many first-time Major-winners, Darren Clarke has struggled to make an impact at tournaments since his stunning victory at July's British Open in Sandwich.

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Blown out of contention at the Australian PGA by Saturday's third round 79 -- which Clarke himself described as "brutal" -- the Ulsterman signed off at Coolum with a 70 to finish the tournament in a tie for 54th on three-over par.

Clarke (43), who picked up a E2,421 cheque for his efforts, was 15 shots outside the play-off in which Greg Chalmers (67), winner of the Aussie Open a fortnight ago, beat Marcus Fraser (69) and Robert Allenby (68).

Greg Norman had a final-round 74 after a double-bogey six on the 18th when his approach went into the pond guarding the entire left side of the hole. He finished eight behind Chalmers.

Geoff Ogilvy shot a final-round 80, including a nine on the par- three 11th, where he put three balls into the water.

World No 36 Clarke's best finish since Sandwich was a share of 35th place at the European Masters in Switzerland. He brings the Claret Jug to the 12-man Nedbank Challenge in Sun City this week followed by the European Tour's season-ending Race to Dubai, and then an Asian Tour stop in Bangkok the week before Christmas.

Irish Independent

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