The Open 2011

The Open 2011

Old guard take Rory McIlroy to task for Open gripe

Rory McIlroy's unwillingness to adapt his game to links golf left some of the sport's elder statesmen unimpressed, with two major winners insisting yesterday that his attitude must change if he is to join the pantheon of greats.

John Huggan: Open Secrets

WELL, that was quite an Open wasn't it?

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Returning hero Darren Clarke calls for Portrush to stage Open

DARREN Clarke presented his winning Open championship medal to Royal Portrush Golf Club yesterday, giving it to captain Philip Tweedie at a special homecoming ceremony on Northern Ireland's north coast.

Darren Clarke: A diamond in the rough

At 42, Darren Clarke is the new Open champion. But, as our reporter discovers, life hasn't always been tee to green for a golfer who refuses to do it any other way but his own

Rory McIlroy split with girlfriend days before playing Open

RORY McIlroy played last week's Open Championship having broken up with girlfriend Holly Sweeney, it emerged last night.

Party-lover who tore up the script stumbles into elite club of major winners

FOR once, perhaps, the alcohol fumes were drifting towards the journalists, rather than from them.

Darren Clarke unflinching in criticism of Gleneagles for 2014 Ryder Cup

DARREN Clarke, the new Open champion, is sticking by his stinging criticism of Gleneagles despite admitting it could cost him a chance of being a Ryder Cup captain at the Perthshire venue in 2014.

R&A will reconsider Portrush for Open but political concerns remain

THE possibility of the Open Championship returning to Royal Portrush has been heightened in the wake of Darren Clarke becoming the third player from Northern Ireland to win a major in 13 months.

The Open: English hopefuls must continue to carry burden of expectation

IF YOU are a Scottish golf fan, do you want the bad news? Next year's Open championship, which begins in 362 days' time, is being held in England.

The Open: Chandler's stable eye a clean sweep of majors

GARRULOUS and genial, Andrew 'Chubby' Chandler has many of the qualities of an Irishman. Being from Bolton, he isn't one. However, he certainly knows how to make them tick, specifically the ones from the north.

The Open: Darren Clarke keeps his head as all about lose theirs

HE MAY have been an emotional wreck when helping Europe win the Ryder Cup at The K Club just a few months after the loss of his wife Heather to breast cancer, but the coolest man on the course at Sandwich yesterday emerged as the new Open champion.

The Open: People power fuels Darren Clarke to make date with destiny

THE miraculous spectacle of Darren Clarke winning the Claret Jug at the age of 42 was summarised in all its beautiful hilarity by a guy who wasn't even at Royal St George's to see the coronation of the new, and riotously acclaimed, Open champion.

The Open: Rory McIlroy may come to regret 'not my sort of golf' comments

RORY McIlroy left Sandwich feeling disillusioned about links golf but said he won't be adapting his game for next year's Claret Jug bid at Royal Lytham.

The Open: Tom Lewis heeds Walker Cup call-up to Aberdeen

TOM Lewis will deal with a blast of cold reality this week as he heads to Aberdeen for a pre-Walker Cup get-together.

The Open: Darren Clarke wins first Major title

Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke today became the oldest winner of the Open Championship since 1967 with a brilliant final round at Royal St George's.

Leader: Stout defence of deserved celebration

IT'S a shame Flann O'Brien wasn't alive to see his fellow Tyrone man, Darren Clarke, win The Open and then celebrate by drinking through the night.

The Open: Stephen Gallacher pick of bunch as Scots fall foul of the weather

IT WON'T go down as a vintage Open for the Scots. From six starters, only two were still around for the weekend. Stephen Gallacher finished 57th on 14-over and Paul Lawrie was in a share of 66th on 17-over.

The Open: Rickie Fowler battles best against the elements

A 22-year-old Ryder Cup player today set the clubhouse target in the 140th Open Championship, but not the one most people expected to do so.

The Open: World top two crash out of Open as Clarke shares lead

THE world's top two players both crashed out of the 140th Open Championship as Darren Clarke stepped from the shadows of fellow Northern Irishmen Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy to grab a share of the lead at Sandwich.

The Open: McIlroy plots even course to be right in the weekend mix

IT WAS a small gesture made by a small but determined man. Rory McIlroy watched his 15-foot putt for par at the last drop into the hole before twice pumping his fist.

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