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British Open Winner Darren Clarke Spends $25,000 a Year on Cigars

Submitted by Alex on July 21, 2011 – 6:59 amNo Comment

It seems that professional sports and smoking don’t go together nowadays. The time when Lucky Strikes were advertised by New York Yankee pitcher Wake Hoyt promising the slimming-down effect from smoking is long over (to be more precise, in 1929).

But it turns out that terms ‘professional athlete’ and ‘cigar aficionado’ are not mutually exclusive. The winner of the British Open, Northern Ireland’s golfer Darren Clarke, is fond of “cigars, cars, fine wine, fishing and Liverpool FC”. It is good to know that somebody still believes in the good old values.

Clarke is just your regular guy though regular folks do not usually spend $25,000 on cigars annually. The 42-year-old golfer supposedly does, but, looking at his good-humored face, I suppose that most of this sum goes on cigars for his buddies with whom he shares a pint or two at the pub.Darren Clarke smoking cigars

And though this is the worst drought for Americans since Northern Irish golfers ascended to the top, seeing this chubby Irishman puffing on cigars in-between shots and talking about ‘taking a little drink every now and then’ seems almost endearing. Perhaps, Clarke has such sympathetic appeal because he has vices like most men do.

And, perhaps, it is his life story. The guy lost his wife to cancer five years ago and was regarded as an underachiever until now. In fact, he won the British Open title at his 20th attempt.

Anyway, cigars and professional sports are a good combination, it seems to me. There’s no reason to deny one good thing for another.

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