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Thursday 26 April 2018

Darren Clarke tells his drink critics to get a life reporters

Darren Clarke gave his answer today to those who have criticised his British Open victory celebrations: 'Get a life'.

The 42-year-old Northern Ireland golfer, is back in action this week at the Irish Open.

"There's been a little bit of chat about 'He shouldn't have had a drink, he shouldn't have done this, he shouldn't have done that'," he said.

"I don't know, people need to get real. Look what happened in Norway over the weekend.

"I won a golf tournament and people are concerned about whether or not I had one pint too many. I mean, get a life - it's sport.

"It's fantastic and I'm very fortunate to win, but you have 93 people that got murdered in Norway (the original death toll has since been revised down to 76).

"It was radio shows and phone-ins and that sort of stuff - debates. People are entitled to their opinion, but there are bigger and more important things than me winning a tournament."

But he admitted that he might have over-done the celebrations.

"I think I lit the candle a little bit too much and had the 'flu over the weekend," he added.

"I spent some time in bed and was a little but run down."

He has spoken to his two mind coaches Bob Rotella and Mike Finnegan.

"There was a lot about reassessing some goals and trying to work towards something else now.''.

Meanwhile, Clarke’s Claret Jug win was not enough to bag him a place in China’s World Cup next November.

Instead, Rory McElroy has chosen Graeme McDowell as his partner for the competition.

“G-Mac’s the next highest on the rankings, so it will be me and him again,” he said on the eve of Open in Killarney.

Clarke moved up from 111th to 30th in the world rankings after his triumph at Sandwich two weeks ago, while three-major winner Harrington is now down at 64th.

McIlroy and world No 12 Mr McDowell represented Ireland the last time the World Cup was staged two years ago.

But this time round, the Macs will be hoping to do better after finishing as runners-up to Italian brothers Edoardo and Francesco Molinari in 2009.

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