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Clarke claims second senior victory at Mitsubishi Electric Championship

Clarke claims second senior victory at Mitsubishi Electric Championship

Darren Clarke won his second over-50s title as he secured back-to-back victories on PGA Tour Champions at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai.

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The 2016 Ryder Cup Captain shared the final round lead with American Jerry Kelly and then found himself in a tie for the lead with fellow Major Champion Retief Goosen as he headed on to the back nine.

Both competitors birdied the tenth hole to move to 16 under par, but the Northern Irishman took control of proceedings in Hawaii as he one-putted six of his final eight holes to sign for a six under par back nine of just 30 strokes.

The 2011 Open Champion finished on 21 under par, two strokes ahead of Goosen, to record victories in consecutive starts on the American over-50s circuit, adding to his TimberTech Championship success in November 2020.

“One of those things, when you get yourself in there, I've been out on this Tour long enough now to know that you've got to keep on going,” said the 52-year-old. “There's no unassailable lead because the guys make birdies, you saw that. That's just the way it is. You have to play well and you have to stay aggressive and I was able to do that

“I knew like anybody approaching 50, you watch, you're at home, you're watching the scores, you're watching the guys play, but until you get out here - people have a misconception of the golf courses being six and a half thousand yards long, flags in the middle of the green and greens running at 10 on the stimpmeter. That's a far, far cry from what it is.

“Yes, we don't have the rough that the PGA Tour does, but you've got to go low. What did I finish this week, 21 under par for three rounds of golf. That's every week the guys do it. They just can flat out play.”

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