Golfing Success

17 July 2011

Darren Clarke has joined Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell as a worthy Golf Major winner and even helped customers in the Bayview Hotel in Portballintrae celebrate by buying them all a round of drinks.

As the Federation has been out promoting Northern Ireland in Glasgow and Manchester, golf has always been of great interest to potential visitors and the recent wins will only increase this positive message.

Tourism Minister Arlene Foster commented, "Darren Clarke's stunning victory at the Open Championship at Royal St George's has once again put Northern Ireland firmly in the centre of the media spotlight for all the right reasons.

"Throughout his career, Darren has been an excellent ambassador for Northern Ireland and his success at the 140th Open is a well-deserved reward for years of hard work and dedication to his sport.

"During interviews that were broadcast all over the world this week, Darren has talked about how playing at Royal Portrush has been the perfect preparation for links golf at the very top level - and he is right.

"Our golf courses are among the best in the world and our three Major winners - Graeme McDowell, Rory McIlroy, and now Darren Clarke, have proven that Northern Ireland is the top golfing destination.

"I am determined that we will continue to showcase our golf tourism offering all over the world, because we have so much to be proud of."

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