Lytham, England: Darren Clarke returned the Claret Jug to the Royal and Ancient Golf Club on Monday ahead of the 141st British Open, having taken the trophy on a global tour without taking a single drink from it.
The 43-year-old Northern Irishman, who claimed the symbol of British Open supremacy last year at Royal St. George's, never poured a drop into the famed container.
"Not at any stage did I put any fluid in it at all, nothing," Clarke said. "It just is too special a trophy. I have so much respect for the Open and I couldn't get myself to do it.