Darren Christopher Clarke of Northern Ireland was born in Dungannon on August 14, 1968. Standing 6’2”, Darren is married to Heather and tied their knot in 1996. His immediate family now lives in Sunningdale. The doting parents have two sons namely Tyrone, born in 1998, and Conor, born in 2000.
Darren became professional on January 1, 1990 and possessed an exempt status. He achieved the title in the Spanish Open Amateur Championship and the Irish Amateur Championship. He represents Pormarnock Hotel and Golf Links and attained several Southern Africa Tour victories. He also highlighted his golf career in 2000 with his success in the Dimension Data Pro-Am.
His international victories include the Alfred Dunhill in 1993; the Irish National PGA Championship in 1994; the Linde German Master in 1996; tVolvo Masters in 1998; Compass Group English Open in 1999; the WGC Anderson Consulting Match Play and the Compass Group English Open both in 2000; and the Chunichi Crowns and Smurfit European Open.
As a professional golfer Darren earned the 1997 and 1999 Ryder Cups. He also gained the 1994, 1995, 1996 World Cup. His victory for the Alfred Dunhill Cup was earned in 1994, 1996, 1997 and 1998. In 2000, he received his trophy in the Eurobet Seve Ballesteros.
After failing to qualify for the US Masters, US Open and the Open Championships recently, Darren was able to join the 2008 US PGA Championship title. Prior to that he tied-sixth place finish at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. He got his wildcard option for the September showpiece from Nick Faldo, European Ryder Cup captain. In this event, Darren goes with Tom Lehman, former Open champion and Shingo Katayama in his first two rounds.
Currently, Clarke has 22 professional victories, 3 of which were won on the PGA Tour and 14 on the European Tour.