London: Northern Irish golf Major winners Darren Clarke and Rory McIlroy were among several sportsmen named in Britain's New Years Honours List here on Saturday.
Clarke, 43, was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE), five months after winning the British Open while reigning US Open champion McIlroy, 22, received the Member of the Order British (MBE), the first rung on Britain's honours ladder.
"I have had a fantastic year and this just caps it off," said Clarke. "It is a privilege to be recognised with an OBE. It is a lot to take in.