Darren Clarke gets married on Bahamian beach

British Open champion Darren Clarke has married his fiancee Alison Campbell in a small beach wedding in the Bahamas.
British Open champion Darren Clarke has married his fiancee Alison Campbell in a small beach wedding in the Bahamas. ( Associated Press )

Thursday, April 12, 2012

LONDON — British Open champion Darren Clarke has married his fiancee Alison Campbell in a small beach wedding in the Bahamas.

The 43-year-old Northern Irishman made the announcement on his website, revealing that former U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell — who introduced the couple to each other through a blind date — was present at the ceremony along with members of Clarke's family and agent Chubby Chandler.

Clarke says it was a "pretty stunning occasion, as well as a very happy one."

Clarke has previously credited his partner with putting his life "back on track" following the death of his first wife, Heather, in 2006 after a battle with breast cancer.

Clarke became one of the British Open's most popular champions when he won at Royal St. George's last year.