Darren Clark Lays Off Guinness
By mustang6560 on 1/20/12
Darren Clarke decided to do something I didn't expect from the Northern Irishman - he decided to cut back his Guinness consumption in favor of the gym.
The 2nd January 2012 has also seen the appointment of Jonny Bloomfield as my new fitness trainer. I've been pontificating about my fitness for a while and Jonny, who is based in Belfast, was recommended to me by Lee's trainer, Steve MacGregor. 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. Jonny's a sports scientist and he's got me doing all sorts in the gym, having my eyes checked out, nutrition etc. 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.
The reigning Open Championship champion was on the receiving end of some criticism last year following his triumph at Royal St. George's. Many thought he was overindulging in his major championship celebration, to which he responded, "I drink a little bit too much, smoke a little bit too much and enjoy myself a little bit too much at times," declared Clarke yesterday. "It's the way I relax and I don't intend to change that in any way shape or form."

It's good to hear Darren has recommitted himself to golf. I was concerned for a moment there that he checked out mentally because he had two very poor performances in his first two starts following the Open Championship (12 over par at the Bridgestone Invitational and 14 over par and missed cut at the PGA Championship). So far, his new found commitment seems to be paying off. He's currently T15 at four-under par thru two rounds at the Volvo Golf Champions.

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[ comments ]
dottomm says:
Guinness for Strength!
Banker85 says:
good luck with that.
Banker85 says:
...until his next win.
BAKE_DAWG40 says:
Quit drinking beer? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!
Torleif Sorenson says:
Guess what, Dawg? Some of us never started drinking, believe it or not. My own vices are pasta, chocolate, golf, and hockey. I don't need alcohol to know when I'm having a good time, but at least Clarke knew he was having a good time BEFORE he opened the bottles of Guinness. :)
mmontisano says:
you're looking at alcohol in the wrong way. you're looking at people who need to get drunk to have a good time, and yes, that's bad. but you can drink AND have a good time with out getting drunk.
BobDomecq says:
I agree you can't really perform on the course if you are a heavy drinker. But cutting all the way to zero beers seems a tad radical.
jev says:
A tad radical? The guy finally recognizes golf as being a sport and topsport doesn't mix well with alcohol. Good on him I say!
Kurt the Knife says:
I eat too much
I drink too much
I want too much
Too much

-Dave Matthews
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