Darren Clarke spoke at length at the Educogym sponsored "Evening with Darren Clarke" at The K Club's Smurfit Course last week.
There were plenty of laughs, including the moment his stunning wife Alison explained how the Ulsterman's obsessiveness — "I have OCD anyway. Alison will attest to my OCD stuff. When I get something to do, I will push it to the nth degree. I am like Padraig. When I get the bug, I can’t leave it alone" — affects his new-found fitness regime.
"We’ve got a new word in house," Alison said as her husband protested in horror as she took th mike. "Instead of OCD we have ODC. He does work very hard."
His OCD even extends to his fashion sense in the gym.
"Everything is matching," she said. "He can’t wear the wrong shorts with the wrong vest. Everything has to match. "
Clarke touched on many subjects in an interview conducted by Tipperary man Shane O'Donoghue, familiar to golfing audiences via his work with CNN.
On his chances of winning next year’s Open at St Andrews
On his putting woes
On whether he has any desire to play golf in the 2016 Olympics
On the lack of emerging Irish pros
On being denied a Ryder Cup wildcard by Nick Faldo in 2008
On the emotion of bringing the Claret Jug home to his boys
On his physical transformation
On his fitness regrets