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This Ryder Cup has consumed Clarke’s every hour for 18 months, as he acquired a cache of data on his team that would have been the envy of engineers at Cape Canaveral.
Unlike Faldo, he prepared assiduously, but at the moment of reckoning his instinct let him down.
However, his relationship with Nicola Regan, a family friend and mother-of-six who lived close to his home in London, had ended by that Christmas.
He later admitted he got 'too close too soon,' and broke up with Mrs Regan after a visit to his wife's grave back in Northern Ireland that December.
'Her parents were pretty wealthy dairy farmers from what I can remember,' says one former acquaintance.
Originally from the Strabane Road near the village of Newtownstewart in Co Tyrone, Alison Campbell, née Smyth, is from a farming background.
That Clarke was immediately smitten with the statuesque blonde comes as no surprise to those who have met and dealt with her.
'Well she's very good-looking we know that,' says one friend.
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