The Open: Darren Clarke makes a sensational start at Portrush

Darren Clarke made the ideal start to The 148th Open as he got the championship under way in front of his home fans at Royal Portrush.

The 2011 Champion Golfer of the Year, who has a house overlooking the course, looked full of emotion as he was given a rapturous reception on the first tee surrounded by packed stands, but he held himself together to knock a good drive up the right side of the fairway.

And, once playing-partners James Sugrue and Charley Hoffman had hit their tee shots, Clarke even stopped for a quick chat with long-time friend Paul McGinley, who was commentating live for Sky Sports The Open with Rich Beem and Sarah Stirk.

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