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Darren Clarke
Personal information
Full nameDarren Christopher Clarke
Born (1968-08-14) 14 August 1968 (age 50)
Dungannon, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight196 lb (89 kg; 14.0 st)
NationalityUlster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland
Residence Portrush, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
Alison Campbell (m. 2012)
ChildrenTyrone, Conor [1]
College Wake Forest University
Turned professional1990
Current tour(s) PGA Tour Champions
Former tour(s) European Tour
PGA Tour
Professional wins21
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour3
European Tour14
Japan Golf Tour3
Asian Tour1
Sunshine Tour1
Challenge Tour1
Best results in major championships
(wins: 1)
Masters Tournament T8: 1998
PGA Championship T9: 2000
U.S. Open T10: 1999
The Open Championship Won: 2011

Darren Christopher Clarke, OBE (born 14 August 1968) is a professional golfer from Northern Ireland who currently plays on the PGA Tour Champions and has previously played on the European Tour and PGA Tour. He has won 21 tournaments worldwide on a number of golf's main tours including the European Tour, the PGA Tour, the Sunshine Tour and the Japan Golf Tour. His biggest victory came when he won the 2011 Open Championship at Royal St George's in England, his first major win after more than 20 years and 54 attempts.

Professional golfer golfer with professional status; ordinarily cannot play in amateur tournaments

In the sport of golf, the distinction between amateurs and professionals is rigorously maintained. An amateur who breaches the rules of amateur status may lose their amateur status. A golfer who has lost their amateur status may not play in amateur competitions until amateur status has been reinstated; a professional may not play in amateur tournaments unless the Committee is notified, acknowledges and confirms the participation. It is very difficult for a professional to regain their amateur status; simply agreeing not to take payment for a particular tournament is not enough. A player must apply to the governing body of the sport to have amateur status reinstated.

Northern Ireland Part of the United Kingdom lying in the north-east of the island of Ireland, created 1921

Northern Ireland is a part of the United Kingdom in the north-east of the island of Ireland, variously described as a country, province or region. Northern Ireland shares a border to the south and west with the Republic of Ireland. In 2011, its population was 1,810,863, constituting about 30% of the island's total population and about 3% of the UK's population. Established by the Northern Ireland Act 1998 as part of the Good Friday Agreement, the Northern Ireland Assembly holds responsibility for a range of devolved policy matters, while other areas are reserved for the British government. Northern Ireland co-operates with the Republic of Ireland in several areas, and the Agreement granted the Republic the ability to "put forward views and proposals" with "determined efforts to resolve disagreements between the two governments".

PGA Tour Champions US-based golf tour for men 50 and older

PGA Tour Champions is a men's professional senior golf tour, administered as a branch of the PGA Tour.


Clarke has also won two World Golf Championship events, most notably the 2000 WGC-Andersen Consulting Match Play Championship, when he defeated Tiger Woods in the final. Clarke was ranked in the top-10 of the Official World Golf Ranking for 43 weeks between 2000 and 2002. [2] His highest finish on the European Tour money list is second, which he achieved in 1998, 2000 and 2003. Clarke is currently ranked as the seventh highest career money winner on the European Tour. [3]

The 2000 WGC-Andersen Consulting Match Play Championship was a golf tournament that was played from February 23–27, 2000 at La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, California. It was the second WGC-Andersen Consulting Match Play Championship and the first of four World Golf Championships events held in 2000.

Tiger Woods American golfer

Eldrick Tont "Tiger" Woods is an American professional golfer. He ranks second in both major championships and PGA Tour wins and also holds numerous records in golf. Woods is widely regarded as being one of the greatest golfers in the history of the sport.

The Official World Golf Ranking is a system for rating the performance level of male professional golfers. It was started in 1986.

Clarke has represented Ireland as both an amateur and as a professional, notably at the World Cup and Alfred Dunhill Cup, and was a member of five consecutive European Ryder Cup teams between 1997 and 2006.

The World Cup of Golf is a men's golf tournament contested by teams of two representing their country. Only one team is allowed from each country. The players are selected on the basis of the Official World Golf Ranking, although not all of the first choice players choose to compete. The equivalent event for women was the Women's World Cup of Golf, played from 2005 to 2008.

The Alfred Dunhill Cup was a team golf tournament which ran from 1985 to 2000, sponsored by the Alfred Dunhill company. It was for three-man teams of professional golfers, one team representing each country, and was promoted as the "World Team Championship". It was a "special approved event" on the European Tour, which means that it was supported by the Tour, but the prize money did not count towards the Tour's Order of Merit. The host course was the Old Course at St Andrews in Scotland.

Ryder Cup mens golf competition between the USA and European team

The Ryder Cup is a biennial men's golf competition between teams from Europe and the United States. The competition is contested every two years with the venue alternating between courses in the United States and Europe. The Ryder Cup is named after the English businessman Samuel Ryder who donated the trophy. The event is jointly administered by the PGA of America and Ryder Cup Europe, the latter a joint venture of the PGA European Tour (60%), the PGA of Great Britain and Ireland (20%), and the PGAs of Europe (20%).

Amateur career

Clarke was born in Dungannon, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, and in 1987 he played collegiate golf at Wake Forest University in the United States. He was a junior member of Dungannon Golf Club, whose junior section also included three others who are current PGA Golf Professionals: Alistair Cardwell, Barry Hamill and Gary Chambers. Clarke represented his school, Royal School Dungannon, together with Cardwell and Chambers.

Dungannon town in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland

Dungannon is a town in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. It is the third-largest town in the county and had a population of 15,889 at the 2011 Census. The Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough Council had its headquarters in the town, though since 2015 it has been covered by Mid-Ulster District Council.

County Tyrone Place

County Tyrone is one of the six counties of Northern Ireland and one of the thirty-two counties on the island of Ireland. It is no longer used as an administrative division for local government but retains a strong identity in popular culture.

Wake Forest University Private research university in Winston-Salem, NC, US

Wake Forest University is a private research university in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Founded in 1834, the university received its name from its original location in Wake Forest, north of Raleigh, North Carolina. The Reynolda Campus, the university's main campus, has been located north of downtown Winston-Salem since the university moved there in 1956. The Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center campus has two locations, the older one located near the Ardmore neighborhood in central Winston-Salem, and the newer campus at Wake Forest Innovation Quarter downtown. The university also occupies lab space at Biotech Plaza at Innovation Quarter, and at the Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials. The university's Graduate School of Management maintains a presence on the main campus in Winston-Salem and in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Professional career

1990–92: Early career

Clarke turned professional in 1990 and played his first full season on the European Tour in 1991. He contested in his first major championship at the 1991 Open Championship, making the cut before finishing in a tie for 64th place. In 1992 Clarke had a solid season on the European Tour, finishing 41st in overall Order of Merit, in doing so achieving his highest finish of his career at the time with a second-place finish at the Honda Open. He finished three strokes behind champion Bernhard Langer.

1991 Open Championship golf tournament held in 1991

The 1991 Open Championship was a men's major golf championship and the 120th Open Championship, held from 18–21 July at Royal Birkdale Golf Club in Southport, England. Ian Baker-Finch won his only major championship, two strokes ahead of runner-up Mike Harwood.

Bernhard Langer German golfer

Bernhard Langer is a German professional golfer. He is a two-time Masters champion and was one of the world's leading golfers throughout the 1980s and 1990s. In 1986, he became the sport's first official number one ranked player following the creation of the OWGR.

1993–95: First European Tour win and steady progress

Clarke's real breakthrough year was in 1993 when he won his maiden European Tour event and played his way to 8th position on the Order of Merit. After a relatively solid but unspectacular first half of the season, Clarke's form improved greatly during the August–September stretch, achieving four top-10 finishes in four consecutive tournaments.

In October 1993, Clarke won his maiden European Tour event at the Alfred Dunhill Open in Belgium. Clarke had the lead after 54 holes and held off the challenge of Englishman Nick Faldo and Vijay Singh, who shot a final round 64. Clarke prevailed by two strokes. A month later Clarke nearly won his second title at the European Tour's season ending Volvo Masters, however he was pipped to the title by Colin Montgomerie who finished one stroke clear. Overall for the season Clarke made 24 out of 30 cuts and finished in the top-10 on seven occasions.

Nick Faldo English professional golfer

Sir Nicholas Alexander Faldo, is an English professional golfer who is now mainly an on-air golf analyst. A top player of his era, renowned for his dedication to the game, he was ranked No. 1 on the Official World Golf Ranking for a total of 97 weeks. His 41 professional wins include 30 victories on the European Tour and six major championships: three Open Championships and three Masters.

Vijay Singh Fijian-Indian professional golfer

Vijay Singh, CF, nicknamed "The Big Fijian", is an Indo-Fijian professional golfer. He has won 34 events on the PGA Tour, including three major championships: one Masters title (2000) and two PGA Championships. He was elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2006.

The Volvo Masters was the concluding official money event of the European Tour season until 2009, when it was replaced by the Dubai World Championship. The event was founded in 1988 and held at Valderrama Golf Club in Andalusia, Spain, except for a five-year period between 1997 and 2001 when Montecastillo Golf Club played host to the tournament.

The follow up year in 1994 was another solid season for Clarke on the tour, making 17 of 21 cuts and finishing 37th on the Order of Merit list. Clarke also played in his first U.S. Open although he missed the cut and had his highest finish, at the time, in The Open Championship with a tie for 38th place. In 1995, Clarke had better success, with seven top-10s in 27 events, most notably at the Portuguese Open where he finished second after losing a sudden death playoff to Adam Hunter on the first extra hole, despite having the joint 54 hole lead. Clarke ended the year 14th on the Order of Merit.

1996–1999: Four more European Tour wins and near miss at 1997 Open

In 1996, Clarke won his second European Tour title at the Linde German Masters by one stroke, shooting a final round 63 to finish 24 under par, one stroke ahead of Englishman Mike Davis. Clarke also recorded his best finish in a major, at that current time, with a tie for 11th place at The Open Championship in 1996. He also equalled his best finish on the Order of Merit, placing in 8th for the season.

In May 1997, Clarke finished second at the Volvo PGA Championship, two strokes behind Ian Woosnam. In July 1997, Clarke was in position to win his first major championship at the 1997 Open Championship at Royal Troon. Clarke held the lead with American Jim Furyk after the first round and then pulled two strokes clear of the field after a 66 in the second round, but a third round 71 put him two strokes behind leader Jesper Parnevik going into the final day. However the winner was not to come from the final pairing, as Justin Leonard came storming through the pack with a 65 to beat both Clarke and Parnevik by three strokes. Clarke ended the season 4th on the Order of Merit.

In 1998, Clarke made his first appearances at two of the biggest golf events worldwide. He missed the cut on his debut at The Players Championship, but his first visit to Augusta National Golf Club was much more successful, shooting 67-69 on the weekend to finish in a tie for 8th at the Masters Tournament. This remains his highest ever finish at the Masters to date.

In May 1998, Clarke won his third career event on the European Tour at the Benson & Hedges International Open by three strokes from Santiago Luna. Clarke then had three more 2nd-place finishes during the season before winning the season ending Volvo Masters in Spain. His two victories in 1998 helped him to finish in 2nd place on the final 1998 Order of Merit standings behind Colin Montgomerie. Clarke missed only one cut all year, at the Murphy's Irish Open. In 1999, Clarke captured his fifth European Tour win at the Compass Group English Open, finishing two strokes ahead of John Bickerton. He also achieved his highest ever placing at the U.S. Open in this year when he finished tied for 10th place.

2000: WGC-Matchplay Championship win and further success

Clarke's worldwide breakthrough came in 2000 when he won his first World Golf Championship event, defeating Tiger Woods in the final 4&3 at the 2000 WGC-Andersen Consulting Match Play Championship at La Costa Resort and Spa. This was Clarke's biggest victory of his career so far as he netted the $1 million first prize. Clarke had a difficult route through the championship but defeated a host of big name players: Paul Azinger, Mark O'Meara, Thomas Bjørn, Hal Sutton and David Duval before taking on Woods in the final. [4]

Clarke's fine year in 2000 continued when he finished tied for second place in the Volvo PGA Championship and the following week he won his seventh European Tour event at the Compass Group English Open. Clarke also recorded his best finish at the PGA Championship with a tie for 9th place. He also had three 2nd-place finishes in the 2000 season, which included eleven top-10 finishes. He finished 2nd on the Order of Merit and it was his highest ever season in terms of prize money. Clarke earned over €2.7 million for the year.

2001–03: Continued success and second WGC win

The 2001 season saw Clarke finish one place lower on the Order of Merit in 3rd place, although he did manage some notable results on tour during this season. Clarke added to his list of European Tour wins at the Smurfit European Open, which he won by three strokes at The K Club. A couple of weeks later, Clarke produced another fine performance at The Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St Annes, finishing in a tie for 3rd place, four strokes behind the eventual winner David Duval. Clarke then had another notable 3rd-place finish at the WGC-NEC Invitational, earning in excess of €400,000.

In 2002, Clarke played on both the European Tour and the PGA Tour. In the buildup to the Masters, Clarke played the Shell Houston Open and finished second behind runaway winner Vijay Singh. He then played on the European Tour in the summer and won his ninth career title at the Compass Group English Open, becoming the first man to win the tournament three times.

In the 2003 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, Clarke lost to Peter Lonard at the quarter-final stage. However, Clarke did not have to wait much longer for more WGC success though, when he won his second WGC event at the WGC-NEC Invitational at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio. [5] He finished four strokes ahead of Jonathan Kaye. Clarke's run of success throughout 2001–2003 saw him miss only three cuts on the European Tour in three years and he finished 2nd on the European Order of Merit for the third time in his career.

2004: First winless season in seven years

Clarke continued his run of good form at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in 2004, when he finished third. He lost to Davis Love III in the semi-final on the 21st hole, but beat Stephen Leaney 2-up in the resulting 3rd place playoff match. Clarke also had a good finish at the WGC-American Express Championship, finishing in a tie for 4th place. Despite winning over $2 million in prize money, Clarke did not win an event during the 2004 season on either tour and this was the first time this had happened since 1997.

2005–2007: Loss of form and slump

Clarke played the 2005 season half and half between the European Tour and the PGA Tour. He enjoyed a solid season with many top-10 finishes, but he could not climb the final hurdle of winning an event. The highlights of his year were a 2nd-place finish at the Barclays Scottish Open in Europe and another 2nd place at the MCI Heritage in the United States. With Clarke playing much fewer tournaments on the European Tour he only finished 20th on the Order of Merit compared to his previous success in this category.

In 2006, Clarke only managed to record four top-10 placings and finished the year 43rd on the Order of Merit. However, just six weeks after the death of his wife, Heather, he made a big contribution to Europe's Ryder Cup win in 2006 at The K Club in the Ireland. Clarke was one of Ian Woosnam's two wild card picks and he earned three points on the way to victory for Europe, including a 3 & 2 win in his singles match against Zach Johnson. The 2007 season was the worst of Clarke's professional career. He did not record any top-10 finishes. He withdrew from a number of events in the year and finished 143rd on the Order of Merit list.

2008: Return to form

Clarke ended his winless streak in April 2008 when he won the BMW Asian Open in an emotional victory after a birdie on the 72nd hole to see off Robert-Jan Derksen by one stroke. This was Clarke's first win in almost five years and the 11th of his career. The win broke the shackles from the slump in form he went through in the previous years and his 12th victory was not far around the corner. Clarke won again in the Netherlands at the KLM Open finishing the tournament four shots ahead of Paul McGinley. Clarke ended his comeback year 13th in the Order of Merit Standings, however he missed out on a place in Nick Faldo's Ryder Cup team, the first time Clarke had done so in over 10 years.

2009–10: Consistent play

The 2009 and 2010 seasons were steady in progress for Clarke as he began to rebuild his form following the successful 2008 season. He only managed to record three top-10 finishes during the whole of 2009, most notably tying for 5th place in the defence of his KLM Open title in the Netherlands. Clarke finished 61st in the Race to Dubai Standings and missed out a place in the season ending finale narrowly by finishing outside the top 60. In 2010, however, he did make into the Dubai Finals after finishing 30th at the end of the year. He was aided by two second-place finishes throughout the season at the Joburg Open behind winner Charl Schwartzel and then at the Barclays Scottish Open ending up three strokes behind Edoardo Molinari.

2011: Open Championship victory

In 2011, Clarke won his first European Tour title since August 2008 with a three-stroke victory over Chris Wood and David Lynn in the Iberdrola Open. [6] [7] After finishing tied for third in the 2001 Open Championship, Clarke did not make the top-10 of any major, until he won his first major championship at the 2011 Open at the age of 42 – his 20th attempt at winning the Claret Jug. [8] [9]

Clarke dedicated his victory to his two children and late wife Heather, who lost her battle with breast cancer in 2006: "In terms of what's going through my heart, there's obviously somebody who is watching from up above there, and I know she'd be very proud of me. But I think she'd be more proud of my two boys and them at home watching more than anything else. It's been a long journey to get here". [10] [11]

With Clarke's triumph in The Open at Royal St George's, it was the first time since 1910 where one country (other than the United States) had different golfers win consecutive majors. [12] Rory McIlroy, also of Northern Ireland, captured the 2011 U.S. Open title one month earlier at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland. Clarke's victory at the 2011 Open meant that he became the third major winner from Northern Ireland in 13 months, following Graeme McDowell's win in the 2010 U.S. Open and Rory McIlroy's victory in the 2011 U.S. Open, prompting McIlroy to quip that Northern Ireland was the 'Golf Capital of the World'. [13]

Ryder Cup and other team golf

Clarke has represented Ireland as both an amateur and as a professional, most notably at the World Cup and Alfred Dunhill Cup. He was a member of five consecutive European Ryder Cup teams in 1997, 1999, 2002, 2004 and 2006, winning on four occasions and was also appointed a non-playing vice captain by Colin Montgomerie in 2010 and by Paul McGinley in 2014.

Clarke's most notable appearance at the Ryder Cup was in 2006, six weeks after the death of his wife Heather. [14] Heather had loved the Ryder Cup and encouraged Darren to compete in it, so he made himself available for selection. [15] European captain Ian Woosnam chose Clarke as one of his two wild cards, and he contributed three points from three matches to Europe's victory, and was embraced by members of the European and U.S. teams after he finished the tournament. [14]

Clarke was named as the 2016 Ryder Cup captain on 18 February 2015. He was selected by a five-man selection panel consisting of the last three Ryder Cup captains: Paul McGinley, José María Olazábal, Colin Montgomerie, another ex-Ryder Cup player David Howell and the European Tour chief executive George O'Grady. [16] [17]

Personal life

Clarke's grandfather Ben played for Portadown, Sheffield United, Exeter City and Carlisle United and earned two amateur caps for the Ireland national football team (1882–1950) in 1934. [18] His father Godfrey played for Glenavon. [18]

He met his wife Heather in a nightclub in Portrush, County Antrim, and they married in March 1996. [15] The couple had two sons, Tyrone and Conor, and the family lived at Sunningdale, Berkshire, UK. In 2005 and 2006 he missed several tournaments to care for his wife, who had been diagnosed with both primary breast cancer in December 2001, then, in 2004, with secondary breast cancer. [15] Heather Clarke died on Sunday 13 August 2006 at 39 years of age, in the Royal Marsden Hospital, London. [15]

Clarke's friend Paul McGinley immediately announced his own withdrawal from the PGA Championship starting in Medinah, Illinois. In a statement McGinley said, "Our two families are very much intertwined, obviously me and Darren, but Heather and (McGinley's wife) Ali were the best of friends and our kids are in the same class at school. So it is a tough time for us all". [19]

Following Clarke's performance at the 2006 Ryder Cup, six weeks after his wife had died, he was the favourite to win the 2006 BBC Sports Personality of the Year award, but was runner-up to Zara Phillips. He had previously stated he did not want to win with a sympathy vote after his wife's death. [20]

Clarke and his sons moved back to Northern Ireland, making their home in Portrush. Clarke and former Miss Northern Ireland Alison Campbell married on 11 April 2012.

On 6 April 2011, Clarke was photographed by Kevin Abosch for The Face of Ireland project. [21] [22]

Clarke is a supporter of Liverpool F.C.. [23]

Clarke was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2012 New Year Honours for services to golf. [24] [25]

Amateur wins (4)

Professional wins (21)

European Tour wins (14)

Major championships (1)
World Golf Championships (2)
Other European Tour (11)
No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
110 Oct 1993 Alfred Dunhill Open −14 (68-68-66-68=270)2 strokes Flag of England.svg Nick Faldo,
Flag of Fiji.svg Vijay Singh
26 Oct 1996 Linde German Masters −24 (70-64-67-63=264)1 stroke Flag of England.svg Mark Davis
317 May 1998 Benson & Hedges International Open −15 (70-69-67-67=273)3 strokes Flag of Spain.svg Santiago Luna
41 Nov 1998 Volvo Masters −17 (67-73-68-63=271)2 strokes Flag of Scotland.svg Andrew Coltart
56 Jun 1999 Compass Group English Open −20 (68-65-67-68=268)2 strokes Flag of England.svg John Bickerton
627 Feb 2000 Andersen Consulting Match Play Championship 4 & 3 Flag of the United States.svg Tiger Woods
74 Jun 2000 Compass Group English Open (2)−13 (70-72-68-65=275)1 stroke Flag of New Zealand.svg Michael Campbell,
Flag of England.svg Mark James
88 Jul 2001 Smurfit European Open −15 (68-68-71-66=273)3 strokes Flag of Denmark.svg Thomas Bjørn,
Flag of Ireland.svg Pádraig Harrington,
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Ian Woosnam
99 Jun 2002 Compass Group English Open (3)−17 (65-70-68-68=271)3 strokes Flag of Denmark.svg Søren Hansen
1024 Aug 2003 NEC Invitational −12 (65-70-66-67=268)4 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Jonathan Kaye
1127 Apr 2008 BMW Asian Open 1−8 (71-69-67-73=280)1 stroke Flag of the Netherlands.svg Robert-Jan Derksen
1224 Aug 2008 KLM Open −16 (68-64-66-66=264)4 strokes Flag of Ireland.svg Paul McGinley
1315 May 2011 Iberdrola Open −6 (65-70-70-69=274)3 strokes Flag of England.svg David Lynn,
Flag of England.svg Chris Wood
1417 Jul 2011 The Open Championship −5 (68-68-69-70=275)3 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Dustin Johnson,
Flag of the United States.svg Phil Mickelson

European Tour playoff record (0–1)

1 1995 Portuguese Open Flag of Scotland.svg Adam Hunter Lost to birdie on first extra hole

1 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour

PGA Tour wins (3)

Major championships (1)
World Golf Championships (2)
Other PGA Tour (0)
No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
127 Feb 2000 Andersen Consulting Match Play Championship 4 & 3 Flag of the United States.svg Tiger Woods
224 Aug 2003 NEC Invitational –12 (65-70-66-67=268)4 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Jonathan Kaye
317 Jul 2011 The Open Championship −5 (68-68-69-70=275)3 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Dustin Johnson,
Flag of the United States.svg Phil Mickelson

Japan Golf Tour wins (3)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of victoryRunner(s)-up
129 Apr 2001 The Crowns −13 (66-67-67-67=267)4 strokes Flag of Japan.svg Keiichiro Fukabori,
Flag of Japan.svg Shinichi Yokota
214 Nov 2004 Mitsui Sumitomo VISA Taiheiyo Masters −22 (66-65-67-68=266)6 strokes Flag of Japan.svg Nozomi Kawahara,
Flag of England.svg Lee Westwood
313 Nov 2005 Mitsui Sumitomo VISA Taiheiyo Masters (2)−18 (66-71-65-68=270)2 strokes Flag of Japan.svg Mitsuhiro Tateyama

Sunshine Tour wins (1)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of victoryRunners-up
14 Feb 2001 Dimension Data Pro-Am −14 (71-63-69-71=274)2 strokes Flag of South Africa.svg Tjaart van der Walt, Flag of South Africa.svg Retief Goosen

Challenge Tour wins (1)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of victoryRunner-up
114 Sep 2003 Benmore Developments Northern Ireland Masters [26] −11 (72-66-65-70=273)2 strokes Flag of England.svg Stuart Little

Other wins (2)

Major championships

Wins (1)

YearChampionship54 holesWinning scoreMarginRunners-up
2011 The Open Championship 1 shot lead−5 (68-68-69-70=275)3 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Dustin Johnson, Flag of the United States.svg Phil Mickelson

Results timeline

Masters Tournament T8CUT
U.S. Open CUTCUTT43T43T10
The Open Championship T64CUTT39T38T31T11T2CUTT30
PGA Championship CUTCUT
Tournament2000200120022003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Masters Tournament T4024T20T28CUTT17T22CUT
U.S. Open T53T30T24T42CUT56CUT
The Open Championship T7T3T37T59T11T15CUTCUTT52
Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 20142015201620172018
Masters Tournament CUTT44T52CUT
The Open Championship T44 1 CUTT21T26CUTT30CUTCUT
PGA Championship T48CUTT5475CUTCUTCUT
Masters Tournament
PGA Championship
U.S. Open
The Open Championship CUT
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place.


TournamentWins2nd3rdTop-5Top-10Top-25EventsCuts made
Masters Tournament 000015149
PGA Championship 000012186
U.S. Open 000012158
The Open Championship 1113482819

World Golf Championships

Wins (2)

YearChampionship54 holesWinning scoreMargin of victoryRunner-up
2000 WGC-Andersen Consulting Match Play Championship n/a4 & 3 Flag of the United States.svg Tiger Woods
2003 WGC-NEC Invitational 1 shot lead–12 (65-70-66-67=268)4 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Jonathan Kaye

Results timeline

Tournament19992000200120022003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Accenture Match Play Championship R641R64QF3R64R64R64R64
Cadillac Championship T40T17NT163T38T4T26T46T43
Bridgestone Invitational T36T173T191T14T28WDT67T6T22T68
HSBC Champions T38

1Cancelled due to terrorist attacks on 11 September 2001

  Top 10
  Did not play

QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = Tied
WD = Withdrew
NT = No tournament
Note that the HSBC Champions did not become a WGC event until 2009.

Team appearances



Awards and honours

See also

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