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Darren Clarke smiles as he stands on the 5th tee, on the final day of the 140th British Open. (July 17, 2011)

2011 British Open

Darren Clarke won the 2011 British Open with a 5-under 275, following the path of younger countrymen Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell as a major champion.

Northern Irish golfer Darren Clarke celebrates winning the
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Northern Irish golfer Darren Clarke celebrates winning the 140th British Open Golf championship. (July 17, 2011)

Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke reacts on the 18th
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Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke reacts on the 18th green after winning the British Open. (July 17, 2011)

Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke reacts on the 18th
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Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke reacts on the 18th green after winning the British Open. (July 17, 2011)

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Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke holds up the Claret
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Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke holds up the Claret Jug trophy as he celebrates winning the British Open. (July 17, 2011)

Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke holds up the Claret
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Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke holds up the Claret Jug trophy as he celebrates winning the British Open. (July 17, 2011)

Darren Clarke watches his drive from the 5th
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Darren Clarke watches his drive from the 5th Tee, on the final day of the 140th British Open. (July 17, 2011)

Ryan Palmer tees off from the 3rd Tee,
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Ryan Palmer tees off from the 3rd Tee, on the final day of the 140th British Open. (July 17, 2011)

Rory McIlroy is pictured during his final round,
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Rory McIlroy is pictured during his final round, on the final day of the 140th British Open. (July 17, 2011)

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Rickie Fowler of the U.S. hits a shot
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Rickie Fowler of the U.S. hits a shot from the 4th tee during the final day of the British Open. (July 17, 2011)

Denmark's Thomas Bjorn reacts after putting on the
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Denmark's Thomas Bjorn reacts after putting on the 8th green during the final day of the British Open. (July 17, 2011)

Rickie Fowler of the U.S. reacts after putting
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Rickie Fowler of the U.S. reacts after putting on the 3rd green during the final day of the British Open. (July 17, 2011)

Darren Clarke smiles as he stands on the
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Darren Clarke smiles as he stands on the 5th tee, on the final day of the 140th British Open. (July 17, 2011)

Lucas Glover of the U.S. and a rules
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Lucas Glover of the U.S. and a rules official gesture on the 5th fairway during the final day of the British Open. (July 17, 2011)

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Anthony Kim reacts after putting on the 11th
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Anthony Kim reacts after putting on the 11th green during the final day of the British Open. (July 17, 2011)

Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez reacts after putting on
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Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez reacts after putting on the 3rd green during the third day of the British Open. (July 17, 2011)

Phil Mickelson stretches on the 1st tee on
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Phil Mickelson stretches on the 1st tee on the final day of the 140th British Open. (July 17, 2011)

US golfer Ricky Barnes plays out of a
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US golfer Ricky Barnes plays out of a bunker on the 18th hole on the third day of the 140th British Open Golf championship at Royal St George's in Sandwich, Kent, south east England. (July 16, 2011).

US golfer Tom Watson lines up his putt
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US golfer Tom Watson lines up his putt on the 18th green, on the third day of the 140th British Open Golf championship at Royal St George's in Sandwich, Kent, south east England. (July 16, 2011).

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US golfer Phil Mickelson watches his drive from
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US golfer Phil Mickelson watches his drive from the 3rd Tee on the third day of the 140th British Open Golf championship at Royal St George's in Sandwich, Kent, south east England. (July 16, 2011).

Rickie Fowler of the U.S. plays a shot
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Rickie Fowler of the U.S. plays a shot off the 5th tee during the third day of the British Open Golf Championship at Royal St George's golf course Sandwich, England. (July 16, 2011).

Spain's Sergio Garcia reacts after his shot on
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Spain's Sergio Garcia reacts after his shot on the 2nd tee during the third day of the British Open Golf Championship at Royal St George's golf course Sandwich, England. (July 16, 2011).

Australia's Jason Day putts on the 6th green
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Australia's Jason Day putts on the 6th green during the second day of the British Open at Royal St George's golf course Sandwich, England. (July 15, 2011)

Phil Mickelson of the US hits a shot
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Phil Mickelson of the US hits a shot from the 5th tee during the second day of the British Open. (July 15, 2011)

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Lucas Glover of the U.S. putts on the
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Lucas Glover of the U.S. putts on the 17th green during the second day of the British Open. (July 15, 2011)

Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke plays a shot off
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Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke plays a shot off the 18th tee during the second day of the British Open. (July 15, 2011)

Northern Irish golfer Darren Clarke is pictured on
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Northern Irish golfer Darren Clarke is pictured on the second day of the 140th British Open Golf championship. (July 15, 2011)

A spectator rubs his head after being hit
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A spectator rubs his head after being hit by a ball played by South African golfer Charl Schwartzel on the 14th hole, on the second day of the British Open. (July 15, 2011)

English golfer Tom Lewis plays a shot from
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English golfer Tom Lewis plays a shot from the road on the second day of the British Open. (July 15, 2011)

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Phil Mickelson of the US gestures after his
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Phil Mickelson of the US gestures after his shot off the 8th tee during the second day of the British Open. (July 15, 2011)

South African golfer Charl Schwartzel plays out of
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South African golfer Charl Schwartzel plays out of a bunker after his ball hit a spectator's head and bounced in the bunker on the 14th hole, on the second day of the British Open. (July 15, 2011)

Denmark's Thomas Bjorn prepares to tee off from
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Denmark's Thomas Bjorn prepares to tee off from the 3rd hole during the first day of the British Open. (July 14, 2011)

Rory McIlroy lines up his putt on the
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Rory McIlroy lines up his putt on the 1st green on the first day of the 140th British Open. (July 14, 2011)

Denmark's Thomas Bjorn on the 2nd hole during
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Denmark's Thomas Bjorn on the 2nd hole during the first day of the British Open. (July 14, 2011)

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England's Luke Donald reacts after putting a birdie
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England's Luke Donald reacts after putting a birdie on the 4th green during the first day of the British Open. (July 14, 2011)

Spain's Sergio Garcia warms up on the 1st
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Spain's Sergio Garcia warms up on the 1st tee during the first day of the British Open. (July 14, 2011)

Australia's Geoff Ogilvy hits a shot on the
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Australia's Geoff Ogilvy hits a shot on the 5th hole during the first day of the British Open. (July 14, 2011)

Italy's Francesco Molinari reacts on the 4th green
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Italy's Francesco Molinari reacts on the 4th green during the first day of the British Open. (July 14, 2011)

Stewart Cink of the U.S. reacts on the
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Stewart Cink of the U.S. reacts on the fifth fairway during the first day of the British Open. (July 14, 2011)

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Ireland's Rory McIlroy plays a shot from the
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Ireland's Rory McIlroy plays a shot from the 7th tee during the first day of the British Open. (July 14, 2011)

Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy hits a shot from
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Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy hits a shot from the 4th tee during the first day of the British Open. (July 14, 2011)

Rory McIlroy watches his drive from the firsy
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Rory McIlroy watches his drive from the firsy tee on the first day of the 140th British Open. (July 14, 2011)

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