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2011 British Open
Dates and Site of 2011 British Open Golf Tournament

At age 42, Darren Clarke finally broke through at the 2011 British Open to win his first major championship title.

Clarke's victory continued a great run of success for Northern Ireland golfers in recent majors. Graeme McDowell started it by winning the 2010 U.S. Open, Rory McIlroy added the 2011 U.S. Open, and Clarke chipped in a victory here.

The win came 10 years after Clarke's last Top 10 finish in a major, which had occurred at the 2001 British Open. In the intervening years, Clarke - once annually among the game's top-ranked players - had fallen far. His game deteriorated as he dealt with personal tragedy: the long illness and ultimate death of his wife due to breast cancer. After that tragedy, Clarke began putting his life - and his game - back together.

He started contending again and moved back up the rankings, although he was still outside the Top 100 at the time of the 2011 Open.

Clarke opened with a pair of 68s and added a 69 in the third round. As the final round began, Clarke led by one over Dustin Johnson.

It was Phil Mickelson, who began the day trailing by five, blistered the front nine in terrible weather conditions with a 30. At one point, he tied Clarke atop the leaderboard.

Johnson made his own run at Clarke. After falling behind early, Johnson got back to within two after 13 holes of the final round. But on the par-5 14th - a par-5 Johnson and likely Johnson alone could have reached in two with the hole playing into the wind - Johnson hit his approach out of bounds and double-bogied.

By that point, Mickelson had let some shots slip, too, and Clarke was in the clear for the Claret Jug if he could play the final four holes without any major miscues.

And Clarke did that, finishing with a par of 70 to record a 5-under score of 280.

Clarke was the oldest British Open winner since Roberto De Vicenzo won the 1967 British Open at age 44.

2011 British Open Golf Tournament Scores
Results from the 2011 British Open golf tournament played at Royal St. George's Golf Club in Sandwich, England (a-amateur):

Darren Clarke 68-68-69-70--275 $1,452,078
Dustin Johnson 70-68-68-72--278 $689,737
Phil Mickelson 70-69-71-68--278 $689,737
Thomas Bjorn 65-72-71-71--279 $419,489
Chad Campbell 69-68-74-69--280 $293,105
Anthony Kim 72-68-70-70--280 $293,105
Rickie Fowler 70-70-68-72--280 $293,105
Raphael Jacquelin 74-67-71-69--281 $209,745
Sergio Garcia 70-70-74-68--282 $168,333
Davis Love III 70-68-72-72--282 $168,333
Simon Dyson 68-72-72-70--282 $168,333
Steve Stricker 69-71-72-71--283 $126,384
Martin Kaymer 68-69-73-73--283 $126,384
Lucas Glover 66-70-73-74--283 $126,384
George Coetzee 69-69-72-74--284 $109,713
Y.E. Yang 71-69-73-72--285 $90,352
Webb Simpson 66-74-72-73--285 $90,352
Charl Schwartzel 71-67-75-72--285 $90,352
Richard Green 70-71-73-71--285 $90,352
Fredrik Jacobson 70-70-73-72--285 $90,352
Zach Johnson 72-68-71-74--285 $90,352
Tom Lehman 71-67-73-75--286 $72,067
Anders Hansen 69-69-72-76--286 $72,067
Tom Watson 72-70-72-72--286 $72,067
Adam Scott 69-70-73-75--287 $62,923
Miguel Angel Jimenez 66-71-72-78--287 $62,923
Rory McIlroy 71-69-74-73--287 $62,923
Charles Howell III 71-70-73-74--288$56,873
Ryan Moore 69-74-76-69--288 $56,873
Seung-yul Noh 69-72-75-73--289 $47,134
a-Tom Lewis 65-74-76-74--289
Pablo Larrazabal 68-70-76-75--289 $47,134
Stewart Cink 70-71-77-71--289 $47,134
Ryan Palmer 68-71-72-78--289 $47,134
Bubba Watson 69-72-74-74--289 $47,134
Gary Woodland 75-68-74-72--289 $47,134
Jason Day 71-70-76-72--289 $47,134
Gary Boyd 71-70-76-73--290 $36,302
Robert Rock 69-71-74-76--290 $36,302
Yuta Ikeda 69-71-75-75--290 $36,302
Trevor Immelman 70-72-72-76--290 $36,302
Simon Khan 71-72-77-70--290 $36,302
Jeff Overton 68-71-78-73--290 $36,302
Spencer Levin 72-69-81-69--291 $28,538
Justin Rose 72-70-79-70--291 $28,538
Kyle Stanley 68-72-77-74--291 $28,538
K.J. Choi 71-72-75-73--291 $28,538
Floris De Vries 70-73-76-73--292 $23,556
Robert Allenby 69-72-75-76--292 $23,556
Gregory Bourdy 73-70-77-72--292 $23,556
a-Peter Uihlein 71-71-75-75--292
Richard McEvoy 69-72-75-76--292 $23,556
Jim Furyk 72-70-76-74--292 $21,458
Louis Oosthuizen 72-70-74-77--293 $21,458
Rory Sabbatini 71-70-77-75--293 $21,458
Paul Casey 74-69-78-72--293 $21,458
Fredrik Andersson Hed 68-75-77-74--294 $20,571
Ricky Barnes 68-74-78-74--294 $20,571
Bo Van Pelt 73-69-73-79--294 $20,571
Stephen Gallacher 70-71-77-76--294 $20,571
Bill Haas 72-70-79-73--294 $20,571
Gregory Havret 72-71-78-73--294 $20,571
Matthew Millar 71-72-80-73--296 $19,845
Joost Luiten 73-69-79-75--296 $19,845
Mark Wilson 74-68-75-79--296 $19,845
Edoardo Molinari 69-74-76-78--297 $19,442
Paul Lawrie 73-70-81-73--297 $19,442
Henrik Stenson 72-71-75-80--298 $19,200
Harrison Frazar 72-70-77-80--299 $19,038
Kenneth Ferrie 71-71-76-83--301 $18,877
Jung-Gon Hwang 68-74-83-79--304 $18,716

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