Northern Ireland

Darren Clarke to be awarded freedom of the borough

Darren Clarke
Image caption Darren Clarke on the 18th green following his Open victory at Sandwich

Open champion Darren Clarke is to be honoured by his home town of Dungannon.

Councillors in the Tyrone town where the golfer was born have awarded him the freedom of the borough.

The 42-year-old will be presented with the accolade during an event in Dungannon in the next few weeks.

Clarke clinched his maiden major title with a three-shot victory in the Open at Royal St George's in July.

He fired a final-round 70 to finish five under to hold off Americans Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson.

Alan Burke from from Dungannon Borough Council said the award acknowledged Clarke's success.

"A lot of people will think this is about bestowing an honour which includes the freedom to herd sheep up a street freely - that's not what this is about - this really is to recognise the international achievement that Darren Clarke has had." he said.