Clarke named July’s top golfer

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Darren Clarke, winner of last months 140th Open, has been named European Tour golfer of the month.

Darren Clarke, winner of last months 140th Open, has been named European Tour golfer of the month of July, the European Tour announced on Tuesday.

The stocky Ulsterman held off the American duo of Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson to secure his first major in thrilling fashion at Royal St George’s in Sandwich, South East England last month.

The victory lifted the 42-year-old, who receives an engraved dish and a jeroboam of Champagne, back into the top 50 in the world rankings.

“What a very nice way to end what was the best month of my career,” said Clarke.

“It’s always good to win a Golfer of the Month award, but this one is special as it comes on the back of winning the Open.

“Any award I get on the back of winning the claret jug will always be gratefully received.”

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