Date of Birth:14th August 1968Country:Northern Ireland

Darren Clarke

Class, as the old adage reminds us, is permanent and nowhere is this better illustrated than in the case of Darren Clarke. Now into his 21st season as a professional - having joined the paid ranks in 1990 with a reputation as Ireland's finest amateur - Clarke has amassed over €18 million in career prize money on the PGA European Tour with the individual highlights coming with two World Golf Championship victories, the first in the Andersen Consulting Matchplay in 2000 when he defeated Tiger Woods in the final and the second when claiming the NEC Invitational in 2003. As a team player, Clarke has excelled in the Ryder Cup, playing in five successive matches from 1997 to 2006. In the 2006 match at The K Club, Clarke - playing as one of captain Ian Woosnam's 'wild card' picks just a matter of weeks after the death of his wife, Heather, from breast cancer - won all three of his matches. Away from the golf course, Clarke is a keen angler, a connoisseur of fine wines, a collector of cars . . . . and an ardent supporter of Liverpool FC.