Clarke receives OBE from Queen

21/11/2012 13:26:11
Darren Clarke receives his OBE  (Getty Images)
Darren Clarke receives his OBE (Getty Images)

Open Champion Darren Clarke admitted playing in Majors and Ryder Cups was easier than meeting the Queen after he was awarded his OBE.

The Northern Irishman was presented with his medal at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday, in recognition of his achievements in the game.

Asked how it compared to winning The 2011 Open Championship, he said: "It is right up there but The Open and Ryder Cup were much easier than this."

Clarke, 44, has played in five Ryder Cups – winning four – and was a Vice Captain for Europe’s victories in 2010 and 2012. He has won 14 times on The European Tour and has also set up the Darren Clarke Foundation in memory of his first wife, Heather, who died in 2006.

“Heather would have been proud of me but more proud of the kids than me, sitting in there and seeing the Queen,” he said. “It was a great honour to meet the Queen. She asked me about the golf and the charity things as well."