With fellow golfers Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell hogging the limelight this year with their exploits on the world's courses, Darren Clarke obviously felt he had to up his game to make his own headlines. So he grabbed a festive birdie by proposing to girlfriend, former Miss Northern Ireland, Alison Campbell.
Their engagement is a joyous Christmas present at a time when there is precious little to cheer about. For Darren it marks another chapter in his life after the tragic death of his wife four years ago. Everyone will wish the glamorous couple a happy life together.