31 Dec '11, 2pm

Golfweek: Clarke, McIlroy honored by Queen after major wins: Northern Irish golf stars Da...

Golfweek: Clarke, McIlroy honored by Queen after major wins: Northern Irish golf stars Da...

LONDON — Northern Irish golf stars Darren Clarke and Rory McIlroy are among the sports figures honored by Queen Elizabeth II in her New Year list, after claiming their first major titles. The 43-year-old Clarke was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire after ending his long wait for a major victory by winning the British Open at Royal St. George's. "It is a great honor and a fantastic way to end a great year. I am very proud for me and my family," Clarke said. "It was a life-changing moment really and in many ways my feet have not touched the floor since. And now this." Clarke lifted the claret jug weeks after the 22-year-old McIlroy's eight-shot victory in the U.S. Open at Congressional. The second-youngest major winner since 1934, McIlroy was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire. "It is quite humbling to be included in such a list of worthy recip...

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