Clarke Pulling Away at MCI Heritage

By Sports NetworkApril 15, 2005, 4:00 pm
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- Darren Clarke shot his second straight round of 65 on Friday to surge into the lead at the halfway point of the MCI Heritage. Clarke stands at 12-under-par 130, six strokes clear of his closest competitors.
Darren Clarke
Darren Clarke has 14 birdies and two bogeys through two rounds.
Peter Lonard, who missed the course record by a single stroke in Round 1, struggled with a 74 under windy conditions to join Patrick Sheehan in a tie for second place at 6-under-par 136. Thomas Levet was two shots further back at 4-under-par 138.
Clarke began on the 10th tee at Harbour Town and parred his first five holes before a birdie at the par-5 15th moved him into the lead at 7 under par. Clarke then birdied the par-4 16th and added a birdie at the par-4 18th to make the turn with a three-stroke advantage.
'Sunday at Augusta, I worked on a couple of things and felt very comfortable there and hit the ball very well on the last day,' said Clarke. 'Actually I wasn't releasing the club enough, and I worked on it there and I worked on it here, so, so far, so good.'
The Ulsterman kept on rolling with a birdie at the par-4 first after his approach stopped within inches of the cup and made it three straight with a birdie at the par-5 second.
Clark missed the green with his second shot at the par-5 fifth, but he played his third within 2 feet and tapped in for another birdie. Clarke then missed the green at the par-3 seventh and knocked his second shot to 7 feet. Clarke drained the par putt and parred his two remaining holes to take a commanding lead into the weekend.
'Just keep going,' said Clarke, a two-time winner on the PGA Tour. 'Just keep doing what I'm doing and try to make as many birdies as I can.'
Lonard torched Harbour Town with 11 birdies on Thursday, but the Australian had to scramble in the second round. He also started on the back side and tallied a pair of birdies and a pair of bogeys over his first nine holes to remain at 9 under.
He stumbled to a bogey at the first, but recovered with back-to-back birdies from the second. Lonard then bogeyed four of his last six holes to finish six shots off the pace.
'It's not discouraging, I just didn't drive it good,' said Lonard. 'I feel like if I go out to the range and sort my driver out and drive it a good bit tomorrow, I'll be back in with the show.'
Sheehan started on the back nine and found trouble out of the gate with a bogey at the 10th. He recovered with a birdie at the 16th and reached minus-6 with a birdie at the first. Sheehan faltered with a bogey at the fifth, but responded with a birdie at the ninth for a round of 70.
'You're going to make mistakes out here,' said Sheehan. 'This course will test your patience, but if you keep playing well, I mean, anything can happen out here because any hole can grab you.'
Five-time champion Davis Love III picked up two birdies, an eagle and a bogey over his first nine holes. He struggled down the stretch with three bogeys and a birdie, however, for a round of 70.
Love was joined by Jim Furyk, Jimmy Walker, Rod Pampling, Woody Austin, Cameron Beckman and Nick O'Hern at 3-under-par 139.
Defending champion Stewart Cink finished in a group at 2-over-par 144 after a round of 73.
The 36-hole cut fell at 5-over-par 147 with 76 players qualifying for the weekend. Among those who failed to make the grade were Bernhard Langer, Lee Janzen, Mark Hensby and Ryan Palmer.
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    Watch: Bubba casually hits flop shot over caddie's head

    By Grill Room TeamMarch 22, 2018, 9:20 pm

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    By Rex HoggardMarch 22, 2018, 9:01 pm

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    Group standings at WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play

    By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 22, 2018, 7:20 pm

    Here are the group standings for pool play at the 2018 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Championship in Austin, Texas. The player with the most points in each pool advanced to Saturday's Round of 16 in Austin, Texas. Click here for scoring and click here for the bracket.

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    (1) D. Johnson: 0-2-0 (2) J. Thomas: 1-0-0 (3) J. Rahm: 0-0-1 (4) J. Spieth: 2-0-0
    (32) K. Kisner: 0-0-1 (21) F. Molinari: 1-0-0 (28) K. Aphibarnrat: 1-0-0 (19) P. Reed: 2-0-0
    (38) A. Hadwin: 1-0-1
    (48) P. Kizzire: 0-1-0 (43) C. Reavie: 0-1-0 (34) H. Li: 0-2-0
    (52) B. Wiesberger: 1-0-0
    (60) L. List: 0-1-0 (63) K. Bradley: 0-0-1 (49) C. Schwartzel: 0-2-0
    Group 5 Group 6 Group 7 Group 8
    (5) H. Matsuyama: 1-0-0 (6) R. McIlroy: 1-1-0 (7) S. Garcia: 1-0-0 (8) J. Day: 1-0-0
    (30) P. Cantlay: 0-1-0
    (18) B. Harman: 0-0-1 (20) X. Schauffele: 1-0-0 (25) L. Oosthuizen: 1-0-0
    (46) C. Smith: 1-0-0 (44) J. Vegas: 0-1-1 (41) D. Frittelli: 0-1-0 (42) J. Dufner: 0-1-0
    (53) Y. Miyazato: 0-1-0 (51) P. Uihlein: 1-0-0 (62) S. Sharma: 0-1-0 (56) J. Hahn: 0-1-0
    Group 9 Group 10 Group 11 Group 12
    (9) T. Fleetwood: 1-1-0 (10) P. Casey: 1-0-0 (11) M. Leishman: 0-2-0 (12) T. Hatton: 1-0-0
    (26) D. Berger: 0-2-0 (31) M. Fitzpatrick: 0-1-0 (23) B. Grace: 1-1-0 (22) C. Hoffman: 0-1-0
    (33) K. Chappell: 1-1-0 (45) K. Stanley: 1-0-0 (35) B. Watson: 2-0-0 (36) B. Steele: 1-0-0
    (58) I. Poulter: 2-0-0 (51) R. Henley: 0-1-0 (64) J. Suri: 1-1-0 (55) A. Levy: 0-1-0
    Group 13 Group 14 Group 15 Group 16
    (13) A. Noren: 2-0-0 (14) P. Mickelson: 1-1-0 (15) P. Perez: 0-0-1 (16) M. Kuchar: 1-0-1
    (29) T. Finau: 2-0-0 (17) R. Cabrera Bello: 1-1-0 (24) G. Woodland: 0-0-1 (27) R. Fisher: 1-1-0
    (39) T. Pieters: 0-2-0 (40) S. Kodaira: 0-2-0 (37) W. Simpson: 0-0-1 (47) Y. Ikeda: 1-1-0
    (61) K. Na: 0-2-0 (59) C. Howell III: 2-0-0 (50) S.W. Kim: 0-0-1 (54) Z. Johnson: 0-1-1