Darren Clarke said meeting the Queen was more nerve-racking than winning a major tournament after he was awarded his OBE today.

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The affable 2011 Open winner was a vice captain of the European Ryder Cup team which memorably beat the US at the Medinah Country Club in September, having also played in five of the tournaments.

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In 2006 his phenomenal performance on the final day of the 36th Ryder Cup at the K Club, just six weeks after his wife Heather lost her long fight with breast cancer, ended with the Ulsterman weeping uncontrollably

He said Heather would have been proud of him, while his second wife Alison was there to see him presented with his medal by the Queen, along with his children.

Clarke added: "She would have been proud of me but more proud of the kids than me, sitting in there and seeing the Queen."

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Sporting a deep tan, he joked he was more "windtanned" than suntanned, from travelling around the world to play golf.

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  • Investitures at Buckingham Palace

    Actress Kate Winslet holds her CBE, for services to drama, which was awarded to her by Queen Elizabeth II during an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace in central London.

  • Investitures at Buckingham Palace

    Gary Barlow holds his OBE, for services to the entertainment industry and to charity, which was awarded to him by Queen Elizabeth II during an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace in central London.

  • Investitures at Buckingham Palace

    Actress Kate Winslet holds her CBE, for services to drama, which was awarded to her by Queen Elizabeth II during an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace in central London.

  • Investitures at Buckingham Palace

    Actress Kate Winslet holds her CBE, for services to drama, which was awarded to her by Queen Elizabeth II during an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace in central London.

  • Investitures at Buckingham Palace

    Golfer Darren Clarke holds his OBE, for services to golf, which was awarded to him by Queen Elizabeth II during an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace in central London.

  • Investitures at Buckingham Palace

    Actress Kate Winslet is awarded a CBE, for services to drama by Queen Elizabeth II during an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace in central London.

  • Investitures at Buckingham Palace

    Actress Kate Winslet is awarded a CBE, for services to drama, by Queen Elizabeth II during an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace in central London.

  • Investitures at Buckingham Palace

    Actress Kate Winslet is awarded a CBE, for services to drama by Queen Elizabeth II during an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace in central London.

  • Investitures at Buckingham Palace

    Actress Kate Winslet is awarded a CBE, for services to drama by Queen Elizabeth II during an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace in central London.

  • Investitures at Buckingham Palace

    Gary Barlow is awarded an OBE, for services to the entertainment industry and to charity by Queen Elizabeth II during an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace in central London.

  • Investitures at Buckingham Palace

    Gary Barlow is awarded an OBE, for services to the entertainment industry and to charity by Queen Elizabeth II during an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace in central London.

  • Investitures at Buckingham Palace

    Golfer Darren Clarke is awarded an OBE, for services to golf by Queen Elizabeth II during an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace in central London.

  • Investitures at Buckingham Palace

    Golfer Darren Clarke is awarded an OBE, for services to golf by Queen Elizabeth II during an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace in central London.

  • Investitures at Buckingham Palace

    Golfer Darren Clarke is awarded an OBE, for services to golf by Queen Elizabeth II during an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace in central London.

  • Investitures at Buckingham Palace

    Dr Piers Sellers is awarded an OBE, for services to science by Queen Elizabeth II during an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace in central London.

  • Investitures at Buckingham Palace

    Dr Piers Sellers is awarded an OBE, for services to science by Queen Elizabeth II during an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace in central London.

  • Investitures at Buckingham Palace

    The Right Honourable Sir Malcolm Bruce from Banchory is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II during an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace in central London.

  • Investitures at Buckingham Palace

    The Right Honourable Sir Malcolm Bruce from Banchory is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II during an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace in central London.