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Darren Clarke talks captaining Ryder Cup team and capturing heart of a former Miss Northern Ireland in rare joint interview with Alison Campbell for UTV

Published 12/05/2016

Darren Clarke and his wife Alison Campbell are appearing in a rare joint interview for UTV.

The couple, who met on a blind date, set up by fellow golfer Graeme McDowell, will appear with Pamela Ballantine on Friday at 10.50pm.

Darren and Alison will discuss everything from the details of their first date, marriage, juggling family life, Miss Northern Ireland and of course Darren’s captaincy of this year’s European Ryder Cup team.

In a candid interview Darren will talk about his dreams as young boy of one day winning the Claret Jug, a dream realised in 2011 when he was crowned The Open Championship winner.

With only a matter of months to go before the Ryder Cup 2016 kicks off in Minnesota, Darren discusses everything from transport and logistics to the hopes of this year’s team.

Alison, a successful businesswoman in her own right, is set to reveal how she spent over a decade working in a somewhat more conventional job before entering the modelling world before going on to be crowned Miss Northern Ireland in 1982.

She has since built one of Northern Ireland’s most acclaimed businesses, ACA Models.

Involved in organising the Miss Northern Ireland event for the last 30 years Alison chats to host Pamela about how 2016 is set to once again draw some of the region’s most beautiful and talented young women to take part as well as her role in the Ryder Cup as the captain's wife.

The full interview will be on UTV Life on Friday, May 13 at 10.50pm.

Darren Clarke and wife Alison Campbell
Darren Clarke and wife Alison Campbell
Darren Clarke poses with his wife Alison Campbell, and sons, Tyrone (L) and Conor after being awarded an OBE at Buckingham Palace
Darren and Alison out with the dogs
Darren Clarke married model boss and ex-beauty queen Alison Campbell in 2012
Darren and Alison Clarke
Darren Clarke and Alison Campbell exchange vows
Darren Clarke and Alison Campbell with friends Graeme McDowell and Kristen Stape
SANDWICH, ENGLAND - JULY 17: Manager Andrew 'Chubby' Chandler embraces Darren Clarke's girlfriend Alison Campbell at the end of the final round of The 140th Open Championship at Royal St George's on July 17, 2011 in Sandwich, England. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

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