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The Open 2021: Former champion Clarke says ‘stats somewhat misleading’ after falling behind early

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Darren Clarke during his opening round at The Open Championship

Darren Clarke during his opening round at The Open Championship

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Darren Clarke during his opening round at The Open Championship

Former Open champion Darren Clarke believes the statistics behind his opening round of The Open Championship didn't tell the full story of his day at Royal St George's after opening his tournament with a one-over-par 71.

The 52-year-old, in his first round at the Kent course since his triumph at the 2011 Open, carded two birdies and three bogeys on the way to his 71 at Sandwich, leaving him seven shots off the early lead held by South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen.


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