Darren Clarke records first win since 2011 Open at Royal St George's

Darren Clarke landed his first win since the 2011 Open Championship at Royal St George's with a breakthrough victory on the Champions Tour in Florida.

2011 Open champion Darren Clarke recorded his breakthrough win on the Champions Tour in his 40th event on the over-50s circuit. Picture: Chris Keane/Getty Images
2011 Open champion Darren Clarke recorded his breakthrough win on the Champions Tour in his 40th event on the over-50s circuit. Picture: Chris Keane/Getty Images

The 52-year-old Northern Irishman two-putted the last hole for a birdie to earn a one-shot-win over Jim Furyk and Bernhard Langer in the TimberTech Championship in Boca Raton.

“I’ve had a lot of opportunities the last few years, so it’s great to finally win one,” said Clarke, a 14-time European Tour champion, including two World Golf Championships, afterwards. “I wouldn’t be working this hard if I didn’t think I could still win.”

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After opening with rounds of 69 and 62 to share the lead with Swede Robert Karlsson, the 2016 Ryder Cup captain closed with a 68 for a 17-under 199 total at the The Old Course at Broken Sound.

"The last victory I had, I was drunk for a week, so this time I won’t be,” he added, laughing.

Clarke's return to winning ways was greeted with delighted by Scottish duo Colin Montgomerie and Marc Warren.

"Congratulations," wrote Montgomerie, who finished just outside the top 40 in the event, in a post on Twitter to his Ryder Cup team-mate. "Fantastic play this week. Absolutely delighted for you."

Referring to his own title triumph in the Austrian Open on the European Tour in the summer, Warren said: "Got a very cool message from the big man a couple of months ago after winning for the first time in a few years, delighted to return the favour tonight."

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