Today saw the announcement of Darren Clarke as Europe's Ryder Cup captain for the 2016 staging of the event at Hazeltine. This means that for the second consecutive Ryder Cup, Europe will be lead by an Irishman.
It has also offered us at the Balls.ie offices a chance to share some of our favourite moments, which we will now present to you as 10 moments that remind us what an absolute legend Darren Clarke is.
Somehow staying out of the water with the luckiest shot ever.
His impeccably kept beard on display for Sky Sports News.
His inspiring 2011 Open Championship win.
...and his very "jolly" victory press conference.
Channeling his inner Marlon Brando with an on course cigar.
Accepting the adoration after his emotional 2006 Ryder Cup performance.
...and celebrating with the Irish boys.
Let's not forget this!
His brilliant recount of his first Ryder Cup moments.
His incredibleweight-loss advice.
I still go out with my mates and enjoy myself and always will. Yet whereas before I’d have had a dozen pints of Guinness, now I’ll have one or two pints… and 10 gin and tonics. So the outcome is still very merry, with much less calories.
What a hero.