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Clark's Saturday 67 moves him up the leaderboard

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AUGUSTA, Ga. – Tim Clark, an anomaly among the play-for-pay set who favors precision over power, bristles at the notion that the Masters is little more than a putting contest.

“You’ve got to hit the ball so good and control your irons and I did that well today,” said Clark, who stormed out in the day’s ninth group with five birdies through seven holes to move into the hunt.

Clark carded a 67 on Saturday at Augusta National and was at 3 under, three off the lead, when he signed his scorecard.

The South African’s take that Augusta National is a second-shot golf course is backed up by his record at the Georgia gem. He finished second in 2006 to Phil Mickelson and has four top-15 finishes at the season’s first major.

In fact, given his record at the Masters, Clark did a double-take when informed his 67 was his best round at Augusta National.

“That surprises me,” said Clark, who began the day tied for 37th. “I thought I’d shot better rounds out there. ... I don’t think I’m going to be that far back (starting Sunday).”