Published: Nov 22, 2011 6:23 AM EST
Updated: Nov 22, 2011 7:30 AM EST

COOLUM, Australia (AP) - British Open champion Darren Clarke acknowledged he was a bit bleary-eyed Tuesday as he begins the first of four weeks of golf in Australia, South Africa, Dubai and Thailand.

Less than 24 hours after arriving from his home in "wet and windy" Portrush, Northern Ireland, he sweated through nine holes of practice at the Hyatt Regency resort course preparing for this week's Australian PGA Championship.

Next up was a few hours for an afternoon catnap.

The global crisscrossing is a small price to pay for Clarke winning at Royal St. George's in July, but just in case anyone had forgotten that, he had the claret jug with him Tuesday.

Clarke said "people never get a chance to see it, so I do travel with it a bit."