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Darren Clarke's wife Alison on how turn your man around

By Amanda Ferguson

He wasn't even playing but Darren Clarke has emerged as one of the biggest talking points of the Ryder Cup.

While his compatriots Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell were powering Europe to victory over the US, Darren was making his own mark as a commentator with a sleek new slimmed-down look.

The Dungannon golfer, a veteran of previous Ryder Cup wins, proved he has the gift of the gab with an impressive TV commentary debut for both Sky on this side of the Atlantic – and NBC in America.

His turn in front of the cameras attracted praise from the likes of football pundit Gary Lineker and scores of fans.

But while viewers were impressed with Darren's insightful analysis of the matches, they were also full of praise for his stylish look and dapper dress sense.

The Major winner has now emerged as something of a fashion leader for the sharp suits he wore while offering his opinion of the action at Gleneagles.

But the 46-year-old has promised his new work doesn't mean he's planning to hang up his clubs.

"It was a new avenue for me, but it was fun," Darren said. "I don't think I put the commentator's curse on anybody more than once so that wasn't too bad.

"I've received a lot of positive comments and I'd like to say thank you for those, but I'm not ready to walk off the course just yet. I've got unfinished business in golf." Last night Darren's wife Alison Clarke, owner of ACA Models, told the Belfast Telegraph how the golfer had turned his image around. She said over the last year her husband has lost three stone with the help of Jamie Myerscough, who runs the Educogym in Dublin.

"When Darren puts his mind to something he is committed," she said. "I think he looks great.

"His physique is down to working hard over the last year with Jamie after he met with him at a charity golf event and they struck up a relationship.

"Darren doesn't want to spend hours in the gym so Jamie works with him via Facetime on his phone in the gym in our house in Portrush. He has been fairly trim for a while, but when people see him on the course it's not the same as on TV doing commentary, so there have been a lot of comments."

Meanwhile, Darren says he would love to replace Paul McGinley as Europe's Ryder Cup captain.

"I've also been asked about the captaincy and I've always said that I would like to do it," he said. "But that's not up to me. The committee will decide, and if they select me I'd be honoured."

Twitter says:

"I am using Darren Clarke as my inspiration in my battle to lose weight for my daughter's wedding next summer."

"Most inspiring Euro from the #RyderCup by far was @DarrenClarke60 Looks great and sounded happy with life."

"Darren Clarke wants to be the next Ryder Cup captain, now he'd be good craic!"

Gary Lineker: "Sounding good, big D"

Alison Clarke: "My Darren very popular today doing commentary for @SkySportsGolf Love it, love it, love it #hothusband #giftofthegab"

Secrets behind golfer's sleek new look

Hair: Darren's sleek new hairstyle is what's known as a "classic low fade pomp" style. The look can be attributed to award-winning Belfast hairdresser Paul Stafford. "I introduced him to Paul when he came back to Northern Ireland," Alison said. "Paul looks after the hair, he insisted he keeps the colour."

Fashion: Over the years Darren has sported some eye-catching clothing but recently his look has transformed. "He's always been stylish," Alison said. "He may have been a bit louder in fashion until he met me, but he's very classic and simple. Everything is very precise with Darren, including his clothes."

Weight: Darren has lost three stone since hooking up with Jamie Myerscough who runs the Educogym in Dublin. The key to his trim new look has been training in short bursts of 20 minutes, rather than spending hours in the gym. The golfer trains at a gym in the Portrush home he shares with Alison and his two sons.

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