Darren Clarke has admitted that he did not sleep until Monday as celebrations following his Open win continued through Sunday night and into Monday morning.

The Northern Irishman clinched an emotional three-shot victory at Royal St George's celebrated by partying like a teenager after becoming the oldest Open champion since 1967.

"I've looked at the trophy all night and sort of semi figured out it's mine," said a bleary-eyed Clarke.

"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. It's been a very good night."

However he did resist the urge to put any celebratory drinks in the Claret Jug itself.

"I'm a little bit of a traditionalist," he continued. "I feel a bit funny about putting stuff in the Claret Jug that shouldn't be in there.

"There's nothing in it as yet. That may not be the case as the week goes by!

"I have 294 (text) messages and the writing is far too small for me to look at them in this state, so I may look at them tomorrow at some stage and figure them out."