So with a great show of ball striking particularly over the last 2 days of the tournament, Darren Clarke became one of the most popular winners of the Open in recent years. In fact he was the first British winner this century since Paul Lawrie won in 1999.
The weekend bought tough conditions for golf with intermittent torrential rain and some dry spells. The players braved the weather and after day 3 Clarke was already in the lead. it was close on day 4 when Phil Mickleson hit a great front 9 to put himself level with Clarke and in contention. However, at the moment that Mickleson missed an 18 inch tap in and Clarke bunny-hopped his ball over the bunker and on to the green, the game turned and Clarke was in charge until the end. Dustin Johnson out in a spirited attack to secure joint 2nd with Mickleson and there was no doubt that the Guinness would be flowing for Clarke until the early hours!