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Darren Clarke

Northern Ireland golf star Darren Clarke is mourning the death of his grandmother.

Ruby Clarke, who was aged in her early 90s, passed away yesterday morning just hours after Darren had finished joint runner-up at the Joburg Open in South Africa.

It is understood she passed away at Craigavon Area Hospital after being admitted recently because of health problems.

Her son, Darren’s father Godfrey, had been on holiday in Tenerife and had flown back before she died.

It is the second tragedy to hit the Dungannon golf star in recent years after his wife Heather died from breast cancer in August 2006.

The honorary secretary of Dungannon Golf Club, Sean T Hughes, said members had been deeply saddened by the news.

“Ruby was extremely proud of Darren and it is very sad news for him,” he said.

“We had our club AGM tonight and held a minute’s silence in her memory.”

Clarke was due to travel to the United Arab Emirates for the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship, which begins on Thursday.

However, his participation in the high-profile tournament may now be in doubt.

At the weekend he finished 17 under par at the Joburg Open, coming second alongside South Africa's Keith Horne, six shots adrift of winner Charl Schwartzel.

Belfast Telegraph