Sitting with the Claret Jug to one side and a pint of Guinness on the other, Darren Clarke basked in the glory of a British Open triumph that will be celebrated by ordinary golfers all over the world.

“I’m a bit of a normal bloke, aren’t I?” Clarke said. “I like to have a pint, I like to go the pub and have a pint, jump on Easy Jet, fly home, buy everybody a drink. I’m just a normal guy playing golf, having a bit of fun.”

Clarke said he prepared for the final round by enjoying a good meal and some “very nice” red wine. Known for his love of expensive cigars and a few pints of Ireland's most famous liquid export, the 42-year-old said his three-stroke win over Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson might interfere with a planned weight-loss program.

“I’ll probably get bored with it in a week and give up,” Clarke said. “I think this could probably be a bad week for me to try and start.”