31 Aug '11, 11pm

Darren Clarke on his Open win, Rory's future and his Ryder Cup hopes via @si_golf

You once said that your public image was that of "a normal bloke who liked a pint of Guinness." Yes, that's just me. People seem to like me. I haven't changed, have I? [Smiles] Do you realize how popular your Open victory was? The anti-athletic poster boy, oh yes [laughs]. I'm not your stereotypical golf athlete rolling off the production line. I'm a bit different. So people identify with me, and that's great—the reception I've had has been wonderful. How did you manage to block out your emotions on Sunday at St. George's? My only thoughts were about the next shot. Until I got onto the 17th tee and I had a four-shot lead. Then I was thinking, "Right, just be sensible here, protect this lead and don't do anything stupid." Did the pressure of playing in the 2006 Ryder Cup help? [Clarke played six weeks after his wife, Heather, died of cancer.] Without a shadow of a doubt. No...

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