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Clarke wins British Open for 1st major title

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  • Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke plays a shot on the 6th fairway during the final day of the British Open Golf Championship at Royal St George's golf course Sandwich, England, Sunday.

      Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke plays a shot on the 6th fairway during the final day of the British Open Golf Championship at Royal St George's golf course Sandwich, England, Sunday.
    Associated Press

 
Associated Press

SANDWICH, England -- Darren Clarke has won his first major title at the British Open.

The 42-year-old from Northern Ireland shot an even-par 70 Sunday that gave him a three-stroke victory over Americans Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson.

Mickelson made an impressive charge on the front side, actually moving into a share of the lead with an eagle at No. 7. But Clarke came along and put up an eagle of his own, then watched Mickelson fade down the stretch for a 68.

Clarke won with a 5-under 275.

Johnson was within two strokes of the lead when he made a huge blunder, knocking an iron shot out of bounds from the 14th fairway. He wound taking a double-bogey that ended his chances.

Johnson settled for a 72, leaving him tied with Mickelson at 278.

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