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Darren Clarke was ‘almost broke’ before his British Open win

Jay Busbee
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Hey, get this: Winning a golf tournament can be good for the bottom line!

Darren Clarke, who won the Open Championship last week in such memorable fashion, was apparently on the edge of financial collapse, according to manager Chubby Chandler in the Daily Mail.

"The timing could not have been better," Chandler said in a bout of honesty that Clarke may or may not have welcomed. "Darren has had a big cash flow problem."

Not an issue for now. Clarke won €999,000 as his purse at the Open, plus a €2.2 million bonus from sponsors Sports Direct and Dunlop. That's about $4.9 million in current exchange rates.

Clarke had apparently overextended himself in real estate, according to Chandler, and the purchase of a plane with Lee Westwood really hammered him. "He lost a lot of money on the jet," Chandler said. "They bought it when the prices were sky high and sold it with the price at rock bottom."

Clarke still is trying to sell a property listed at €5.5 million, but having a fast chunk of change will certainly ease the pain of not having buyers. And in related news, Clarke has played well enough this year to get himself onto the Ryder Cup team for 2012. Not a bad run, yes?

[Visor tip: Daily Mail]

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