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Darren Clarke gives up booze for 2012
2011 British Open champion Darren Clarke had a post-major party to remember and few media will forget his happy but bleary-eyed press conference the next day.

Those days may be in the past now, as the burly Ulsterman has revealed that he has put down his beloved Guinness, given up alcohol and taken on a personal trainer in the hope of being in the best shape for an equally strong, if not better, 2012 season.

“My golf career has been extended somewhat by winning the Open Championship, and I just thought that enough is enough, and it was time to get myself into better shape,” Clarke wrote on his blog this week.

Clarke has hired Belfast-based trainer Jonny Bloomfield to get him into shape for this year’s play. Bloomfield came highly recommended by the trainer of fellow Brit, Lee Westwood.

 “Therefore, my alcohol consumption is taking a massive dint...currently down to zero! However, no pain, no gain, and I'm very excited about the route that we're going down - it's a long road, but I will give it my best shot,” he wrote.

Clarke’s season begins this week in South Africa at the Volvo Golf Champions at Fancourt, which sees the likes of fellow major winners Charl Schwartzel, Padraig Harrington and Ernie Els.

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