Europe swept to a resounding victory in this, the most atmospheric and emotional Ryder Cup I can ever remember, the climax of the day saw Darren Clarke gain his third win to maintain his 100% record in this years Tournament.
There aren’t enough words to describe adequately the character of the man, but I find him a total inspiration and I admit that I was awash with emotion, a huge lump in the throat and a few tears were shed as he took the plaudits of the massed galleries, his team mates and the USA players who conducted themselves to a man with decorum at every turn this week thus washing away the sour taste of Brookline for ever.
Tragedy is a word bandied about and devalued all the more for it, especially by sportsmen, but Darren knows the true meaning of the word and is a beacon of hope for all of us who have experienced a time of shattering heartbreak and seemingly unbearable sadness.
In the wake of my Mum’s truly tragic demise in 1987 I wondered how I would ever put my life together again, and Clarke must have had those familiar emotions as his beloved Heather slipped away from him and his kids barely a month ago.
But he has proved that the old chestnut “Life Goes On” is so true as he grieved first in private and then declared himself available for selection late in August, playing some of the best golf of his career here to inspire the ultimate victory.
Thank you Darren, for showing us that no matter what happens, life is to be lived and people are to be loved and the best way really is to bloody well get on with it and feed of the love of others to make the best of what life has to offer.
You are a hero in the real sense of the word.