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Clarke back to winning ways


Darren Clarke

Darren Clarke

Darren Clarke

Darren Clarke won his first European Tour event for almost three years at the Iberdrola Open in Majorca after carding a closing 69 to leapfrog Chris Wood on the leaderboard.

Northern Irishman Clarke went into the final day four shots adrift of the 23-year-old Englishman, but Wood could not secure a maiden victory on the tour and carded a disappointing round of six-over-par 76.

With Wood floundering, Clarke showed his experience and picked up successive birdies at the 14th and 15th to wrap up a rather comfortable three-shot victory for his 13th European Tour title.

Clarke, 42, had almost wiped out Wood's four-shot overnight lead after three holes, reducing the deficit to one.

Last year's European Ryder Cup vice-captain then found the water on the 11th and the double-bogey that followed could have easily cost him dearly.

But Wood encountered several problems of his own on the back nine, carding five bogeys before almost picking up a hole-in-one on the 18th.

David Lynn ended up tied with compatriot Wood for second place after carding a 70 in the final round.

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