SANDWICH, England, June 18 – Darren Clarke promised to celebrate his British Open triumph long and hard, and the popular Northern Irishman proved as good as his word here Monday.
Speaking to journalists for the traditional morning-after photo opportunity, a bleary-eyed Clarke admitted he had spent the night partying and had not had an opportunity to get any sleep.
“I’ve looked at the trophy all night and sort of semi figured out it’s mine,” said Clarke, who slurred some of his words as he clutched the famous Auld Claret jug.
“I probably won’t get any sleep until tomorrow at some stage. Have to enjoy it when you can.
“I had quite a few pints and quite a few glasses of red wine and it all continued until about 30 minutes ago.