2011 Champion Golfer of the Year Darren Clarke has mentioned that he’s excited to be again on the Royal St. George’s Golf Course in Sandwich, the place he gained The Open 10 years in the past.
It is the primary time that The Open has been held on the venue for the reason that Antrim golfer’s win and the second time will probably be the ultimate males’s main of the season in current historical past.
Speaking at a press conference for The Open on Wednesday, he feels that it’s particular to return to the place the place he gained.
“It’s great to come back to any golf course where you’ve played well on and won but to come back to an Open venue where you’ve played well on and won is even more special,” mentioned Clarke.
The 52-year-old sees it as a privilege to have the ability to return to the Royal St. George because the final individual to win the match there.
He gained the Claret Jug in 2011 at his twentieth try, having come shut earlier than when he got here third within the 2001 Open.
The win was a childhood dream of Clarke’s, who sees the win as the perfect second of his profession.
He was an outsider in 2011 and praised the historical past of the course, which has seen shock wins within the Open all through its existence as a match venue.
Clarke talked of his strategy to the weekend 10 years in the past, a weekend which he felt modified his mindset.
“I was ready to step across the line and win the biggest and best tournament in the world and the one I had always wanted to win.”
He famous that there are variations this week when in comparison with the Open Championship week in 2011.
The wind path is completely different and the 18-hole course is loads softer than it was over the last Open weekend at Sandwich.
Clarke mentioned that these components change the way in which the hyperlinks course will probably be performed this weekend.
“There won’t be so much chasing the greens, more flying them in there.”
The Open takes place from Thursday, July fifteenth to Sunday, July 18th with protection of the match solely on Sky Sports The Open.
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