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Darren Clarke targets further success

Many people were delighted that Darren Clarke had finally achieved a major win at the age of 42, but the man himself believes his Open triumph is just the start of his success.

"I want more. I don't want to just rest on one," said Clarke after a night of celebrations.

His victory catapulted Clarke up to 30th in the world rankings from 111th and has led to calls for the Open to be played at Royal Portrush.

Clarke's victory is the third win for Northern Ireland in the last six majors after Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell's success in the US Open in 2009 and 2010.

Peter Dawson, chief executive of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club (R&A), which organises the Open championship, told BBC Radio 5 live that the possibility of Portrush holding an event in the future will be looked into.

"We're going to have a look at Portrush and see how it shapes up in terms of, one, the golf course … secondly the infrastructure around the course … and thirdly ... whether the championship would be a commercial success in that part of the world."
 

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