Darren Clarke has dropped 40-plus lbs., looks great
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Darren Clarke has dropped 40-plus lbs., looks great

Darren Clarke's career has been a bit of a roller coaster. Frankly, so, too, has been his figure. At the moment, however, the Ulsterman is looking trim and feeling great.

The 2011 Open champion has lost over 40 lbs. since last September, according to multiple reports. Clarke told Golf by Tour Miss that he met Jamie Myerscough, owner of Educogym in Dublin, at a fundraiser in Belfast. The two agreed to begin training together, with Clarke shedding the weight quickly. He also says he's gotten longer off the tee.

“In short time I’m already twice as strong because most people who lose weight, they lose strength, as well," Clarke said to Golf by Tour Miss. "So I’ve gone the other way. I’ve lost weight and gone twice as strong.”

Before Clarke won the Claret Jug at Royal St. George's three years ago, he said agent Chubby Chandler told him he was always a better player with a little extra girth on him.

“My agent, Chubby Chandler, has always said that I play better when I’m fat,” Clarke said after the second round of the '11 Open Championship. “Obviously I’m adhering to that theory.”

Clarke doesn't subscribe to that theory now.

“I could always play, whether I’m fat or thin but hopefully," said Clarke, who has accepted PGA Tour membership for this season, "I just may have more good weeks when I’m a little bit thinner."

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