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Darren's perfect match in paradise

IRISH champion golfer Darren Clarke has walked down the aisle for the second time.

The sporting star (43) wed his partner Alison Campbell (53) in an intimate ceremony on the beach in the Bahamas.

The pair, who were engaged for over a year, exchanged vows under a white arch in the Abaco Club golf and hotel resort, surrounded by family and friends.

Dressed down in a white open-collar shirt and knee-length shorts, Dungannon native Darren happily kissed his bride, who wore a simple white, strapless dress with a small bouquet of white roses.

Mum-of-two Alison is a former Miss Northern Ireland pageant queen and met British Open champ Darren in 2009.

The loved-up pair were introduced by Darren's golfing pal Graeme McDowell, who set them up on a blind date.

Golf manager Chubby Chandler took to his social networking site to share a photograph of the happy bride and groom.

"Darren and Alison Clarke getting married on a spectacular day at the Abaco Club," he said on Twitter, adding: "One of the nice things is that G-Mac [Graeme McDowell] introduced DC and new wife on a blind date and they have made it today, seen the job through to the end."

Chubby also posted a photo of the delighted newlyweds with their matchmaker and his girlfriend, Kristen Stape.

Tyrone-born Darren was left heartbroken when his first wife Heather and mother of his two sons Tyrone (12) and Conor (11), passed away in 2006 following a battle with breast cancer.

In 2005 and 2006 he was absent from several tournaments while he cared for his wife, who was diagnosed with the illness in December 2001 and then again in 2004, with secondary breast cancer.

The popular golfer has credited Alison as "putting my life back on track".

Not long after Darren met Alison, he returned from his base in the UK to set up home in Portrush, County Antrim.

He said it was one the best decisions of his life and during his moving speech after his Open victory at Royal St George's, said: "It's been a long and bumpy road, I have had some good things happen to me and some bad things, but I've had so much support from an awful lot of people."

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