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great tale - poorly ghost written
on 20 June 2013
Darren Clarke's victory at Royal St George's in 2011 was one of the most welcomed triumphs in modern golf, and this book recounts the tale of how he came to lift the claret jug, after suffering a period of severe form loss before the tournament. Aided by the sports phsycologist, Bob Rotella, Clarke found his form and went on to win the Open at this,his twentieth, attempt.
Darren Clarke has lived life to the full; fast cards, big houses, a private jet, and the very hard work he put in to improve his game leading to major championship and Ryder Cup triumphs all feature in this book. Life has certainly had its low moments too; the loss of his first wife to cancer and his struggle at times with his golf form are covered openly here too.
He comes across in these pages as nice guy too; honest - sometimes surpisingly so, and remarkably balanced given the enormous ups and downs which he has experienced in life.
Clarke has a great tale to tell, and has clearly tried to so with openness and honestly. It is just such a pity that the ghost writing is so poor that at times it distracts from the account. Full of cliches, banal comments, and journalese, this from time to time reads like a badly written tabloid article. It's a pity because the the tale Clarke has to tell deserved rather better.