Clarke ready to refocus after Open whirlwind


After two decades of trying, Darren Clarke finally got his major at the Open Championship at Royal St. George’s. The win propelled the Ulsterman into a whirlwind of celebrations, appearances and tournaments that may not have allowed him to fully take in and appreciate what he accomplished in July.

When he soundly missed the cut at the PGA Championship earlier in the month, Clarke said he needed a vacation saying: “I’m just going away. I need a rest. I’m tired. I won’t pick up the clubs for ten days. I won’t even look at them for ten days. So I’m just mentally tired.'

Having not teed it up since then, Clarke feels refreshed and prepared to play at the Omega European Masters.

“I had no time off after the Open – I was straight down to Ireland and two weeks in America and I was absolutely done,” Clarke said.

The first week was a vacation with his fiance Alison that included some fishing. Since then, he’s been getting his game back together. Clarke expects to be able to perform on form and with energy.

“Those [three] weeks off were exactly what I needed and I’m back ready to play again,” he said.