The sporting week ahead (24/07/11)

Today

Clarke backs push for big tournaments at Royal Portrush

A bid to bring a professional golf tournament back to Northern Ireland following the region's stunning success in the world game has been backed with a financial commitment from the Stormont government.

Royal Portrush is fit to host Open, insists Clarke

The new Open champion Darren Clarke has reiterated his belief that Royal Portrush would be able to host the event. With Northern Ireland having produced three major winners in the last 13 months – Clarke joined Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy – the 42-year-old feels his home course would be the ideal venue if the Royal and Ancient were to look to capitalise on the current enthusiasm for the game in the country.

Major waster makes unconscious effort to complete coming of age

Psychological help and personal change enabled underachiever finally to realise his potential. James Corrigan reports

Darren Clarke hopes Open victory leads to Ryder Cup call

Darren Clarke fulfilled one dream by winning The Open, but he has two more - returning to the Ryder Cup side next year and then becoming Europe's captain at some point.

Party continues for Open champion Darren Clarke

Most Open champions wake up the morning after the night before and realise it was not a dream.

Edoardo Molinari: Hats off to the crowd – thousands paid to get soaked for love of golf

My Open: I have played all over the world but nowhere do the galleries have a better appreciation of what it takes than here

Private equity firms bid for American Golf

A number of private equity firms have teed off in bids for American Golf, the UK's major golf retail specialist, which is for sale at up to £80m.

A dream fulfilled at last for the hero of Dungannon

Clarke's win extends a remarkable run for Northern Ireland. David McKittrick reports

Brian Viner: Masterly Mickelson shows just why the fortysomethings matter

Phil Mickelson's long-time caddie played a strong supporting role yesterday. 'Give yourself good thoughts, a good tempo,' he urged his boss

Clarke finally proves the big man for the great occasion

Emotional Ulsterman holds nerve on final day to capture Open and his first major

James Lawton: Clarke secures an unlikely glory after playing by his own rules

The Open champion kept the faith after the sport seemed to have left him behind

Darren Clarke wins the British Open against the odds

So much for having his best days behind him - Darren Clarke today became the oldest Open champion since 1967 and sparked yet another party across Northern Ireland.



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