Clarke makes Ryder Team

Darren Clarke has been confirmed as one of Ian Woosnam’s two wildcard selections for the European Ryder Cup team later this month. His place in the team had been in doubt following the death of his wife, Heather, several weeks ago.

However, since then Clarke has made clear his willingness to put his name forward for consideration for selection by European coach, Ian Woosnam. The decision means that Ireland will be represented by three golfers in the twelve-strong European contingent when the much anticipated tournament tees off in Kildare’s K Club in three weeks time. Since 1985, Europe has won six and tied one of the ten contests to date, including four of the last five meetings.

  • Shoutback

    I see he as good a husband as he is a golfer

  • Keith M

    I shall hopefully be watching pain dry that weekend.

  • Christy O’Connor

    Well, I suppose for a lot of non golfers, the Ryder Cup is a turn off. For golfers it is anything but, a fantastic sporting event that unites the European continent unlike any other.

    On a different note, I thought it was a very poor show for Harrington not to attend Heather Clarke’s funeral. I know Darren Clarke stated that he wanted the golfers to play in the US PGA, but for me that is no excuse. Although I suppose it shows the two of them are not close socially.

    I think Europe will be the losing team this year. the americans seem to have a great team spirit and with Woods finally finding a decent partner in Jim Furyk, the cup will be going back to America.

  • dantheman

    The big Ulsterman is a great ambassador for Ulster and Ireland. Lets hope he has a successful Ryder Cup.

  • Dr Strangelove

    When Daz, McGinley and Harrington were celebrating after the win in 2002, they were thrown the tricolour which the three of them held aloft to be photographed together. Just after they were thrown the flag, Clarke asks McGinley to give him the orange bit….

  • John East Belfast

    Dr Strangelove

    Tonight are you also Christy O’Connor and Robert Saulters ?

    If you are why do you need to do that ?

  • bob

    Christy O’connor

    That is not a fair statement on harrington. I don’t know what ur problem with him is but he was told to go by Clarke. Surely securing his place in the ryder cup team would have meant quite alot to Clarke they have played together and won the past two. The wild cards could have been different if harrington had not played so well this week.

    I say good luck to the european team and hope Clarke, Harrington and McGinley well. It would be great to see Clarke sink the winner this time after what he has been throrough lately.

  • Christopher Eastwood

    “They” say that things happen in threes. Chris diMarco lost his mother just days before the British Open this year, yet he fought valiently to finish runner-up. Of course, he lost to Tiger Woods, who’s father had died just weeks before. Now Darren will be battling it out in the world’s most important golf event whilst mourning his wife’s recent death.

    Darren plays from the heart. Whilst perhaps lacking the technique and week-to-week consistency of many of the top golfers, he always manages to finish the year near the top. He is certainly one of the best golfers in Europe. I wish him all the best in both grieving his loss and preparing for the Ryder Cup. I, for one, hope that he takes inspiration from Woods and diMarco’s recent examples, and fuses the two together. Roll on the K-Club!