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clark factfile

clark factfile

Born August 14, 1968 in Dungannon, Northern Ireland.


Turned professional in 1990.

Racked up eight victories from 1998-2003. Failed to record another victory until 2008 while his wife Heather battled cancer; she died in 2006.


Clarke won his first major title, aged 42, at the 2011 British Open at Royal St George's in Sandwich. After winning the British Open, Clarke struggled to recapture his best form and dropped outside the world's top 400.


Competed in five consecutive Ryder Cups from 1997-2006, finishing on the winning side four times. Three weeks after his wife died, Clarke was picked as a wild card for the 2006 Ryder Cup. He won all three of his matches, helping Europe to an 18 1/2 to 9 1/2 victory over the US. Has twice been Europe's vice-captain, when they won in 2010 and 2012, with Colin Montgomerie at Celtic Manor and then under Jose Maria Olazabal at Medinha when Europe came from 10-4 down to claim a remarkable 14 1/2 to 13 1/2 triumph on the final day.