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Sunday 17 December 2017

Golfing WAGs make most of time in the sun at Royal Portrush

STYLE: Irish Open brings out the best

GOLFING WAGS got into the swing of things at the Irish Open regardless of the apocalyptic rain forecast.

The usually stylish golf birdies kept their fashion taste low-key and practical at Royal Portrush.

The other halves were there to cheer on golf champions who joined Hollywood royalty Bill Murray and Aidan Quinn, along with Ireland rugby stars Stephen Ferris and David Humphries in front of record crowds of 15,000.

Darren Clarke's new wife Alison was dressed in black, sporty gear and oversized sunglasses.

Former beauty queen Alison stood firm by Darren when he won the Open Championship last year.

The newly weds tied the knot in a beach wedding in the Bahamas in April after being set up on a blind date by fellow golfer Graeme McDowell.

And Darren has thanked his partner for helping to put his life back on track following the death of his first wife, Heather, from cancer.

Darren's sons, Conor and Tyrone, also took part in the action, dressed in garish lime green golfing trousers and bright sweaters.

Former US Open champ Graeme McDowell's American girlfriend Kristin Stape flew in from the States for the event.

Kirstin opted for a soft beige cowl neck jumper and wore her hair scraped back off her face.

One WAG notable for her absence from the showcase was Rory McIlroy's girlfriend, Caroline Wozniacki.

The Danish tennis star was playing at Wimbledon yesterday but her shock first-round exit leaves her free to attend the main event from today.

And it is expected that she will travel to Ireland for what promises to be the most exciting Irish Open in history.

However, there are some fears that the world number two could be put off his game with his girlfriend present.

The pair -- nicknamed 'Wozzilroy' -- met after Wimbledon last July and have both been experiencing a worrying dip in form lately.

clairemurphy@herald.ie

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