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Darren Clarke, Rory McIlroy honored

Updated: December 31, 2011, 12:51 PM ET
Associated Press

LONDON -- Northern Irish golf stars Darren Clarke and Rory McIlroy are among the sports figures honored by Queen Elizabeth II in her New Year list, after claiming their first major titles.

The 43-year-old Clarke was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire after ending his long wait for a major victory by winning the British Open at Royal St. George's.

"It is a great honor and a fantastic way to end a great year. I am very proud for me and my family," Clarke said. "It was ...

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