Time Change Isn't My Finest Hour
Posted: 30th October 2009
All of you who enjoy irony will love this story, but first it’s essential to explain, to all who might not know, just what happens on the European Tour regards tee-off times.
The field is divided into two groups – morning and afternoon, or, as we call it, early starters and late starters. Traditionally and for several reasons, players prefer a late-early combination. So you can imagine exactly my feelings after having early-late times in 20 of the 21 European tournaments I have played this year.
Half joking and half serious, I said to one of the Tour schedulers that it might be nice somewhere along the line if I could be given a lie in on the occasional Thursday morning instead... MORE »
Hoping For A Dutch Treat
Posted: 21st August 2009
I always enjoy coming back to a course where I’ve played well before. I had a great week in Holland last year to win the tournament. It couldn’t have gone much better really particularly since Tyrone and Conor were there to witness it. Hopefully I can do the same this year?
In fact the boys enjoyed it so much last year, I thought I’d bring them again. They’ve been on the beach enjoying the sunshine and the forecast is good. It’s a beautiful place when the weather is like this so hopefully they’ll have another good week.
Last week at the US PGA Championship was disappointing, but it summed up my year a little bit. I’ve threatened to play well,... MORE »
A Great Invitation
Posted: 6th August 2009
I was long gone from Turnberry and driving home when Tom Watson nearly won the Open Championship at the age of 59. What a story that would have been, but Stewart Cink spoiled that particular fairy tale and every congratulation to him.
I listened to it all on the radio and was torn between Lee Westwood and the five-time champion: Lee because he is a good friend and Tom because of what he would have achieved. It was not to be and I felt for both of them.
The following day I was in Epsom at the RAC Club for a company day with Tesco, who made a very generous contribution of £100,000 to the breast cancer side of my Foundation.
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Shafts Of Light From TaylorMade
Posted: 10th July 2009
There have been quite a few changes in my sporting life since the US Open and none more significant than that concerning my equipment.
Together with TaylorMade's Mark James, I've been changing the shafts on my irons while I've gone from extra stiff to stiff with my woods. There has been an immediate change for the better and of course Chubby Chandler, my manager, has been taking all the credit. If it keeps him happy then I'll go along with it.
The new equipment worked particularly well in Paris where the French Open was held on one of the best courses we play all year. I played nicely all week, well at least for 71 holes, and then took an eight on... MORE »
Welcome In The Valley
Posted: 11th June 2009
I'm off to America tomorrow for two very good reasons. First it will give me time enough to recover from jet lag ahead of next week's US Open and second it gives me the opportunity to play Pine Valley again.
I'm the guest of my good friend Dougie Heather, who runs the Darren Clarke Foundation, and I know we'll have a great time on what is normally top of everybody's best-course-in-the-world list. It really is fantastic and although I've played there a few times, not for the last three years so I'm particularly looking forward to it.
Hopefully it will put me in the right frame of mind to compete at Bethpage given that I've been having too many weekends off for... MORE »
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