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Darren's tribute to Seve after triumph

Darren Clarke paid tribute to golfing great Seve Ballesteros as the Dungannon man ended his three-year wait for a tournament victory in Spain.

Clarke recovered from a four-shot deficit going into the last day of the Iberdrola Open to win by three and record his 13th career win on the European Tour.

It was a poignant victory for Clarke - his first since the Dutch Open in 2008 - coming as it did in Ballesteros' homeland in the aftermath of the Spanish superstar's death last week.

Ballesteros' funeral dominated the build-up to the event and Clarke recognised the impact the five-time Major winner had on the game.

"We wouldn't be here without him, simple as that - the European Tour would not be in the position it is today without Seve," Clarke said.

"He was the first man to do so many things and make so many breakthroughs that we have all followed, so to win in his homeland in the week that he passed away is a real honour."

Clarke made the most of Englishman Chris Wood's final round collapse to hold his nerve and win.

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"I've had a good break, worked on a few things and it was great to come back out and win," Clarke added.

"I've been a bit lucky and a few things went for me there late on and they didn't go for him but I'm delighted I've won again."


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