Darren Clarke had only played above his average in two of his last seven starts coming into the British Open. Nothing special.

He really wasn’t getting too much respect, either, until two weeks ago:

My rankings had him overrated compared to the book in all events coming in except the EPGA Championship and Welsh Open.

Suddenly, two weeks ago, and for no good reason, that changed. All of sudden someone must have seen something they liked in Clarke because once he hit two links courses in a row, his prices shot down. It certainly wasn’t good play.

Clarke went off at a little better than the field average for the week. I wonder how much of an effect him being from Northern Ireland and theoretically playing lots of links golf helped.

Probably not as much as the weather.


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