Since lifting the Claret Jug on an emotional day at Royal St George's in 2011, Darren Clarke has played in 40 tournaments, missing the cut in 18 of them, making the top 10 only once.
Additionally, in recent time, he has had shocking displays at the majors, making the weekend only once (PGA Championship 2012) since his Open victory.
One of his latest failures came at the Irish Open at Carton House where he carded back to back 75's and missed yet another cut, this time at his home open which is bound to hurt even more.
This downward spiral suggests that Darren Clarke's time at the top is over, and should put a stop to his career or seriously buck up his performances in order to prevent further embarrassment.
Not only is Clarke's poor form hitting his confidence, he is taking up a place in Major Championships which could be filled by a young and hungry professional who have their eyes firmly set on the prize, the future of golf.
I am a huge admirer of Clarke, how he has overcome personal adversity to achieve on the course is truly remarkable but I feel that he should take time to focus on his off course responsibilities such as charitable and business commitments and his duties as Ryder Cup vice-captain and possible future role as captain as well keeping his fantastic legacy intact.
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