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Last Updated: Friday, 22 September 2006, 13:13 GMT 14:13 UK
Clarke savours emotional victory
Clarke/Westwood v Mickelson/DiMarco (Europe win 1up)

Darren Clarke arrives at the first tee
Clarke received a rapturous reception at the first tee
Lee Westwood and Darren Clarke beat Phil Mickelson and Chris DiMarco to spark emotional scenes at the K Club.

Clarke, whose wife Heather died less than six weeks ago, was visibly moved at the end of the match and embraced his close friend Westwood.

Westwood had struck the decisive blow in the match by holing a five-foot putt for a birdie at the 16th.

And when Clarke sent his fourth shot close to the hole at the par-five 18th, the Americans conceded.

I will never forget the reception I got at the first - I was nearly crying

Darren Clarke

Northern Irishman Clarke had received a rapturous reception at the first hole, and was also hugged by Mickelson and DiMarco.

Asked to comment on the ovation from the crowd, Clarke said: "I'd better not or I will start welling up. That will stay with me forever.

"I will never forget the reception I got at the first - I was nearly crying.

"The first tee shot was always going to be tough but after that you get back into it. It's my job and that's what I tried to do and we came good in the end."

And he responded in spectacular style, hitting a wonderful 300-yard drive down the fairway before sealing a birdie with a 10-foot putt to put Europe ahead.

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BBC Sport's Matt Slater at the K Club
But the lead was short-lived as Masters champion Mickelson pulled the USA level with a birdie at the fourth.

England's Westwood put Europe back ahead with a four at the par-five 10th before DiMarco responded immediately by winning the 11th with a birdie.

The pairings matched each other for the next four holes until Westwood again put Europe in the lead with his five-foot putt at the 16th.

And it proved a decisive blow. With Clarke putting to within inches of the hole with his fourth shot at the par-five 18th, Mickelson and DiMarco conceded.

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