Countdown: Clarke makes big sacrifice in bid to play in Ryder Cup

Clarke sacrifice hurts Guinness

Countdown to the Ryder Cup: 252 days until balls are in the air.

Everyone knows that Darren Clarke enjoys a pint or much more of Ireland’s best brew. The guy was practically drowning in Guinness after winning the British Open.

Well, Clarke has decided if he is going to qualify for the European Ryder Cup team, he is going to have to make the ultimate sacrifice: He’s giving up alcohol.

“My golf career has been extended somewhat by winning the Open Championship and I just thought that enough is enough and it was time to get myself into better shape,” he said.

“Therefore my alcohol consumption is taking a massive dint – currently down to zero. However, no pain, no gain and I’m very excited about the route that we’re going down.

“It’s a long road, but I will give it my best shot.”

Meanwhile, executives at Guinness are weeping while lowering their sales forecasts for 2012.


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