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Age: 43.

Country: Northern Ireland.

World ranking: 84.

Worldwide wins: 17.

Majors: British Open (2011).

At his best in 2012: Got married.

At his worst in 2012: The Irish Open and Volvo Champions are the only tournaments he has made the cut when there was a cut.

British Open moment: Winning the claret jug when no one expected him to win a major, Clarke included.

Pot bunker mentality: He is listed strictly out of respect, although this has been one heck of a hangover in so many ways. And who can blame him? Clarke won the Open in his 20th attempt and became one of the more popular winners. He did have one of his better events at the Irish Open, so perhaps he will have a respectable title defense at Lytham.