Published: Nov 27, 2011 2:10 AM EST
Updated: Nov 27, 2011 7:30 AM EST

COOLUM, Australia (AP) - 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.