I blocked out everything else and I have to admit I probably wasn’t a great father at that stage.
The time to grieve and give the boys the attention they deserved would come later.
But the man from Dungannon, County Tyrone, recently said his life was turned around after meeting his fiancée, Alison Campbell – a former Miss Northern Ireland – on a blind date set up by Mc Dowell.
Clarke said: “Meeting Alison has put my life back on track.
Woosie had been non-committal when I’d first called him.
The only reason I made that phone call was because of what Heather had said to me.
My way of dealing with things was to throw myself into practice, and when I’d practised, I’d practise even more.
The floodgates had opened and to hell with trying to close them." Exhausted by the sheer act of will that had taken him to this point, overwhelmed by what he had lost, it would be difficult to find a more affecting moment of sporting heroism.
It defined this year's Ryder Cup and may yet define 38-year-old Darren's golfing career.