Clarke shoots 70, off to South Africa

Coolum (Australia): British Open champion Darren Clarke completed his final round — a 2-under-par 70 — at the Australian PGA on Sunday more than an hour before the leading groups teed off.

Clarke`s early start — the second group of the day at 6:35 a.m. — came after a self-described "brutal" 79 on Saturday, leaving him near the bottom of the 66-man field which made the cut.

Clarke, who`s traveling with the claret jug that he won at The Open championship at Royal St. George`s in July, finished with a 3-over 291.

Next week he plays the Nedback Challenge at Sun City, South Africa, followed by the European Tour`s season-ending Race to Dubai, and then an Asian Tour stop in Thailand.

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