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Darren Clarke donates gold medal to Royal Portrush

Darren Clarke has donated the gold medal he won at the Open last week to Royal Portrush, his adopted hometown club.

The 42-year-old handed over the medal, which will sit alongside Fred Daly's in the clubhouse, in a ceremony at the club on Tuesday (July 19th).

Clarke was welcomed back to Royal Portrush by the current and former US Open champions, Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell.

Speaking about his fellow professionals, Clarke said: "The two kids have been, and are, fantastic ambassadors for Northern Ireland. I feel privileged and honoured to join them."

The new Open champion also took the opportunity to push the case for the Open to return to the Portrush course in the near future.

"I am sure if the R&A take a good look at it they can reassess. Right now, with Rory, G-Mac and myself doing so well it would be wonderful to bring it here," he explained.

Royal Portrush last held the Open Championship in 1951 with Max Faulkner claiming the Claret Jug.

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