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Darren Clarke said he is hopeful of defending his championship when he returns to the TimberTech Championship at the Broken Sound Club in Boca Raton.
Clarke’s victory last year ended a nine-year winless drought and has helped the Northern Irishman climb to ninth on the PGA TOUR Champions’ money list.
Clarke birdied the 18th hole on The Old Course to finish a shot ahead of Jim Furyk and Bernhard Langer, the hometown Hall of Famer who was trying to become the tournament’s first three-time winner. Clarke earned $300,000 for his first victory on the PGA TOUR Champions in his 40th start. Langer is entered in this year’s event from Nov. 5 to 7.
“Winning the TimberTech Championship was huge for me because it proved I could win again,” said Clarke, who put the win up there with winning the 2011 British Open when he was 42. “Nine years is a long time. Once I broke through in Boca, I sort of liked that feeling. To start winning again is certainly very gratifying.”
Tickets to the TimberTech Championship are available starting at $30 for a one-day grounds pass. The TimberTech Championship also will distribute free passes to current military and veterans, frontline workers (health care workers, firefighters, EMTs, paramedics and law enforcement) and children 17 and under.