Congratulations to Darren Clarke on the wonderful news that he will captain Europe in next year’s Ryder Cup. As he said himself, this is a “huge honour”. And, it is also great news for golf on the island of Ireland – a reminder to golfers everywhere that this truly is the ‘Home of Champions’.
Twice British Open champion, five-time Ryder Cup player and vice-caption twice, Darren is one of our greatest golfing ambassadors. Many will also recall his spectacular, emotionally-charged performance at The K Club in the 2006 Ryder Cup. Golf is the world’s largest sports-related travel market. The announcement presents Tourism Ireland with an invaluable opportunity to highlight the island of Ireland as a world-class golf destination around the world. Our extensive programme of golf promotions is well under way, highlighting the Irish Open and driving home the message that a golfing holiday here combines world-class golf with our unique brand of hospitality.
We wish Darren every success.