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The Open 2015: Darren Clarke admits he's craving repeat

By Liam Kelly

Darren Clarke had a glint in his eye as he repeated the sweetest words he would love to hear once more in his career.

With a glance over his shoulder, he said: "The ultimate thing is to have Mr Dawson say 'And the winner of the Gold Medal and the Champion Golfer of the Year with 276 strokes is Darren Clarke'. It doesn't get any better."

Mr Dawson is none other than Peter Dawson, Chief Executive of the R&A, who happened to be passing at that precise moment, hence Clarke's digression from discussing his Open prospects.

There was, however, an obvious yearning in the happy memories of that famous triumph at Royal St George's in 2011.

It was only four years ago, but not much has happened on course since for Clarke to celebrate. He welcomes the honour of Ryder Cup captaincy for 2016, and today he will receive the Freedom of the Links, an award given to Open winners when the event returns to St Andrews.

"Twenty-five years on Tour would drive anybody mad," Clarke said. "My patience levels are low because I'm hitting good shots and not making any putts.

"It's frustrating. If I'm hitting the ball well and not scoring, my patience tends to run out.

"It's not the way I'd like to be, but that's the way it is."

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