Saturday 21 April 2018

Who just missed out?

Ronan O'Gara
Ronan O'Gara

And so it came down to this. With 49 stars and 15 teams selected, the Unrivalled judges found themselves with one more place to fill, and three men all vying for it: Ruby Walsh, Darren Clarke and Ronan O'Gara. 'Oh no,' said one, 'what do we do now?'

Ruby won by a short head.

When Irish golfers were winning Majors so regularly that we were almost expecting it, no one was expecting Darren Clarke to charge up the 18th at Royal St Georges one Sunday afternoon in 2011 with one hand on the Claret Jug. It was a remarkable victory for the 42-year-old.

Ronan O'Gara's career for Munster and Ireland is punctuated with memorable match-winning scores. But Cardiff on March 21, 2009 is the one that rugby fans will never forget.

Darren Clarke
Darren Clarke

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