When Darren Clarke won the Open Championship in 2011, the individual highlight of an illustrious career, one of the first people to congratulate him as he walked off the 18th green was Davis Love III.
Darren Clarke is one of the world's most recognisable golfers. His passionate play and dedicated approach to the game has won him many fans around the world.
A stalwart of the European Tour since 1991, the Ulsterman is no stranger to firsts. At the 1999 Smurfit European Open, he became the first player on the European Tour to shoot 60 for a second time. In 2002, he became the first player to win the English Open three times and in 2003 he was the first player besides Tiger Woods to seize more than one World Golf Championship title.
“One of the world's most recognisable golfers”
In 2006, Darren was picked as one of the wild cards for the Ryder Cup only three weeks after the untimely death of wife Heather. In an emotionally charged week, Darren produced one of his most memorable performances, winning all three of his matches and securing victory for the European team.
Since then, Darren has received the 2012 Comeback of the Year award, an OBE and his hometown’s Freedom of Dungannon accolade. A dedicated worker for charity, Darren also set up the Darren Clarke Foundation, aimed at developing junior golf in Ireland and raising money for Breast Cancer Awareness.
In February 2015, Darren was appointed as the Captain of Europe's 2016 Ryder Cup team. This is his first Ryder Cup Captainship and we’re looking forward to seeing his influence on the European team.
Davis Love III
Davis Love III has golf in his blood. He was born in North Carolina the day after his father, Davis Love Jr., competed in the final round of the 1964 Masters Tournament.
Since earning his PGA Tour card in 1985, Davis has clocked up 21 PGA Tour wins and has been listed as one of the Official World Golf Rankings’ Top 10 players for more than 450 weeks.
“Davis Love III has golf in his blood”
In 1997, when Davis sank his final putt on his winning play at the PGA Championship, a rainbow appeared in the sky inspiring reference to his late father who was a well-known and beloved figure in the world of golf.
Following in his father’s footsteps, Davis has earned a spot in Golf Digest’s Top 30 Nice Guys poll, decided by peers, tournament directors, volunteers and golf executives who’d worked with him over the years. He’s also established the Davis Love Foundation, raising money for at risk families and children.
In 2016, Davis will return for his second stint as Captain of the US Ryder Cup team. He’s looking forward to playing against Darren Clarke again and coaching the US team.