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Darren Clarke apologises for tweet about RTÉ commentator

Golfer Darren Clarke issued a public apology to a well-known Irish golf commentator. Picture by Andrew Matthews/PA

GOLFER Darren Clarke has issued a public apology to a well-known Irish golf commentator after wrongly criticising him on social media.

The Dungannon sportsman posted a message on Twitter to say sorry to RTÉ broadcaster Greg Allen for comments he made about the golfing expert last week.

"Apologies to @gregallenRTE for my response to a tweet last week from a 3rd party that was factually incorrect," he wrote.

"I made a mistake. Sorry Greg."

It is understood that Clarke posted a message on Twitter last Thursday - on the first day of competition at the Open - criticising comments he believed Mr Allen had made about him.

His tweet, which was later deleted, is understood to have been posted after a reporter was heard making disparaging comments about Clarke, who failed to make the cut at this year's competition at Royal Birkdale.

It is understood Mr Allen was wrongly blamed for making the remarks.

Mr Allen responded to Clarke's original Twitter message by telling the golfer: "Disappointed you'd think I'd say something like that".

"The malicious tweet was bogus and author deleted it," he added.

"Good luck today."

The RTÉ commentator last night also replied to Clarke's apology by simply writing: "Thanks for clarifying this".

Other social media users last night praised the golfer for making the apology.

One man said: "Fair play Darren", while another wrote "nicely done".

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