Clarke gets his first major

2011 british open results and recap darren clarke

SANDWICH, ENGLAND (TheSpread) – It took 20 tries, but Darren Clarke finally won his first British Open, as he prevailed at Royal St. Georges on Sunday by three shots.

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Clarke hadn’t finished in the top 10 of a major championship since 2001, but was steady all week, shooting a 70 or below in every round to win the title by three shots over Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson.

According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bodog, Clarke had 125/1 odds to win the British Open coming into the week, meaning a $100 wager on Clarke will pay out an additional $12,500.

Mickelson was the surprise finisher in the tournament, as he was tied with Clarke for the lead during Sunday’s round. Mickelson went 5-under on the front nine and was 6-under after 10 holes. But, a stretch of four bogeys in six holes took him out of contention.

Dustin Johnson was one shot behind Clarke to start the day, but a slow start kept him from ever contending too seriously. A double bogey on hole No. 14 sealed his fate as runner-up.

2011 British Open Top 10 Results

1 Darren Clarke -5 (275)

T2 Phil Mickelson -2 (278)

T2 Dustin Johnson -2 (278)

4 Thomas Bjorn -1 (279)

T5 Chad Campbell E (280)

T5 Anthony Kim E (280)

T5 Rickie Fowler E (280)

8 Raphael Jacquelin +1 (281)

T9 Sergio Garcia +2 (282)

T9 Simon Dyson +2 (282)

T9 Davis Love III +2 (282)

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