Questions and Answers

Feel free to ask me anything from life on tour to my interests away from the sport.

Q. Good Day Darren, Great to see you on the Champions Tour as yourself and Joey Sindelar have been my favorite players for a number of years. Do you ever foresee yourself playing in the Dick's Sporting Goods tournament ? All the best Darren! ~Brian Q

Brian Quiggle

A. Hi Brian, Thanks so much for the message. I would certainly hope to play in that event in the future - as you can imagine it's all a matter of scheduling. All the best, Darren.

Q. Really enjoyed seeing you at Lytham last week, especially the Q&A session you did with Tom Watson. Do you enjoy doing these sessions? I am sure your fans do! Good luck in the Champions Tour.

Sandra Beanland

A. Hi Sandra, Thanks for the message and yes I do enjoy the Q & A sessions. Have to say that it was pretty special doing that one with Tom, and playing the first two rounds with him, also very special. Hope you didn't get too wet at Lytham! All the best, Darren

Q. Please advise the putter you used in the British Senior Open Thank you

bill powee

A. Hi Bill, the putter I used at the Senior Open was a Cameron Phantom Prototype. All the best, Darren

Q. Hi Darren Good to see you doing well in the seniors. Have you scheduled any European Tour events this season eg. The Irish Open

Mark McCulloch

A. Hi Mark, thanks for the message and have to say I'm really enjoying the Champions Tour, great events and such a great standard. I will most certainly be playing the Irish Open, the Open Championship and also the Seniors Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St Annes. All the best, DC

Q. Hi Darren I'm a student from the Isle Of Man, going to Ulster University up in Coleraine in September. What are your tips for someone coming up to live in your part of the world? Which golf course in that area (Apart from Royal Portrush) would you recommend I should join? Thanks, I hope to see you at the Irish Open in Lahinch later this year.

Finlo Neale

A. Hi Finlo, thanks for the message. Ok there are some lovely courses aside from Royal Portrush, you could try Castlerock, Portstewart or Ballycastle which are all great courses. And of course you definitely need to visit the Harbour Bar in Portrush - great fun place and not to be missed! Hope all goes well and you've picked a great place to come to! Regards, Darren.

Q. Mr. Clarke...my husband, son and I attended the PNC Father Son Challenge last month. We love this great sport and always enjoy watching you play. Thank you for taking the time as you made your way to the practice area, to sign a flag and ball for our son. It means so much to us and is a wonderful memory for our family. All the best to you and your family for a happy 2019. Jennifer

Jennifer

A. Hi Jennifer, Happy New Near to you and thanks so much for your message. I'm so pleased that I was able to sign you flag and ball and that you enjoyed the event. I most certainly enjoyed it and playing with Tyrone (and younger son, Conor, on his bag) made for a really special week. Cheers, DC

Q. Would love to see some pictures of you golfing with your son at the PNC; what a delight to go out with your son and do well! Happy Christmas to my favorite golfer ever!

Karen Knudson

A. Hi Karen, We had such a blast at the PNC Father Son Challenge - such fun and great that Tyrone had has brother, Conor, on the bag and Alison as our chief supporter. If you take a look at the Gallery there are some pics in there from the event. Happy Christmas to you too and best wishes for 2019. Darren.

Q. Hi Darren , big fan , was wondering if you are going to your restaurant after one of your rounds in Orlando ?

Steve Abbey

A. Hi Steve, we didn't get to go - the PNC Father Son Challenge was full on with social events as well as the golf - it most certainly was a great week. Merry Christmas, DC

Q. Hi Darren All the best on the Champions Tour. Are you planning on playing a full schedule from now on, and will we still see you on the regular tour? No doubt you'll enjoy a few stout with your old sparring partners on the Champions circuit.

Mark McCulloch

A. Hi Mark, well I certainly enjoyed the Boeing Classic and was really pleased with my final round - was great to see some of the old crowd. I'm planning on a pretty full schedule on the Champions Tour and a few events in Europe should they all fit in. Thanks for the good wishes. DC

Q. Hi Darren, I was wondering if you were the man behind the character Dougal in the Daniel Berger Geico commercials? It certainly sounds like you and something I can see you doing. I think the character is a hoot.

Cathy

A. Hi Cathy, I'm actually not familiar with these commercials and as far as I know the character is not based on me! All the best, Darren.

Q. Good Afternoon The Open is one of the few sporting events where the winner can keep the trophy for a year, do you think this is important? Or should be done with all sports? also The cup is a great historic trophy, were you impressed by the award when you finally got your hands on it? thank you

georgina hutchings

A. Dear Georgina, thanks for the message. I was certainly very impressed with the Claret Jug when I won the Open Championship and to see all the names of the previous winners and to have mine added to that list was very special. I certainly enjoyed travelling around the world as the Champion with the Claret Jug in my possession and I think keeping it for a year is a great tradition. Cheers, Darren.

Q. Hi Darren, was wondering if you plan to play on the Champion's Tour here in the USA?

Walter Prince

A. Hi Walter, Happy New Year to you. Yes, I am hoping to after the big birthday in August!! Cheers, Darren.

Q. Hi Darren, haven't seen you in Murvagh (Donegal Golf Club) in a while, any plans on dropping in for a round? Before the Irish Open maybe?

Sean Martin

A. Hi Sean, been away so much recently and am hoping to get there before the Irish. All the best, Darren.

Q. Haven’t seen you on tour recently Darren, when are you back out again?

Brian Burton

A. Hi Brian, I'll be back again this year for the Gary Player Invitational in South Africa and then following that the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open. Regards, Darren.

Q. Hi Darren, Who is the best player you have ever played with? Conor

Conor McCarthy

A. Hi Conor, it's impossible single one person out but I'd have to include Greg Norman, Tom Watson, Tiger and Rory as being amongst the top contenders. Cheers, Darren.

Q. 4th Trip to Ireland coming up in July this year playing some brilliant golf courses for the month.Spending 5 nights in Portrush. Where's the best pint in town Darren?

Greg Morris

A. Hi Greg, sounds like a great trip you've got coming up! The Harbour Bar in Portrush is fantastic and also does great food and The Bayview at Portballintrae just up the road. Hope you have a fantastic time. All the best, DC.

Q. Dear DC Hi mate, Friday night here and just tuned in to watch some golf. Lightning delay in India so Foxtel played a documentaty on your good self. I knew you won The Open and I even think I celebrated your success. Having watched the docco, this time the story resonated well. Very proud of what you achieved, it's a great story. It has given me a little inspiration to win the Medal tomorrow at 44. Gotta keep those young guys in check. Well done old trout. Nick H Kooyonga Golf Club, South Australia

Nick Howard

A. Hi Nick, hope you won the medal!! Cheers, Darren.

Q. Was winning the Open or being Ryder Cup captain a bigger accomplishment.

ben selkirk

A. Hi Ben, good question! I would say that winning the Open Championship was the biggest achievement of my career but being Captain of the Ryder Cup was the greatest honour and both were great accomplishments that made me very proud. All the best, DC.

Q. Just heard you may be opening a restaurant on Hilton Head. Is this true? If so, sounds great.

David

A. Hi David, absolutely true and really looking forward to it although it's more of a bar than a restaurant. Cheers, Darren.

Q. Is it true that you plan to open an Irish Pub on Hilton Head, South Carolina? Hope so and hope you'll return to the Heritage in April.

Don Calhoon

A. Yes Don! The rumours are true and it's something I'm really looking forward to. All the best, Darren.

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