Darren Clarke off on holidays after wrapping up season in Thailand

Phachara Khongwatmai of Thailand, Jamie Donaldson of Wales, Clement Sordet of France and Lee Westwood of England poses for a photo with their flags after qualifing for the Open 2016 following the final round of the 2015 Thailand Open at Amata Spring Country Club
Phachara Khongwatmai of Thailand, Jamie Donaldson of Wales, Clement Sordet of France and Lee Westwood of England poses for a photo with their flags after qualifing for the Open 2016 following the final round of the 2015 Thailand Open at Amata Spring Country Club

Darren Clarke fired a final round three over par 72 to finish the Thailand Golf Championship in a share of 30th place.

The Ryder Cup captain announced via social media that he was taking a break from tournament play and was set to spend Christmas in the Bahamas with his family.

The tournament was won by Jamie Donaldson, who along with Lee Westwood qualified for the 145th Open at Royal Troon next July.

France’s Clement Sordet and 16-year-old Thai Phachara Khongwatmai also booking their spots.

Welshman Donaldson, who won the decisive match at last year’s Ryder Cup, sealed a three-shot victory in Thailand with a seven-under-par closing round of 65.

Defending champion Westwood finished tied in second place with Sordet and will make a 22nd consecutive appearance at The Open.

“It’s great to get into The Open,” he said.

“It’s my favourite championship of the year. I have played in every one since 1995 so it’s nice to keep that run going.”

Over in America, Graeme McDowell and partner Gary Woodland finished the Franklin Templeton Shootout in sixth place.

The tournament, hosted by Greg Norman was won by Jason Dufner and Brandt Snedeker.