Clarke had pushed his tee shot into heavy rough when play was suspended on Sunday, but found the ball in a much better lie following his replacement drop. That gave him the chance to reach the green in two but Clarke insisted on chipping out sideways and ended up with a bogey.
'It's just part and parcel of the game,' Clarke said of his gesture. 'Yesterday (Sunday) I had a very poor lie and I got back out this morning and either a lot of people had been looking for it, or a lot of people had flattened the grass around it, it was a much better lie than when I left it. I could have hit it onto the front of the green but if I had done I would have held my head in shame walking all the way to the green so I just decided to chip it out and play it like I would have last night.'