CM – Darren Clarke took the lead in the first Senior Major of the season as the schedule pays off at Regions Tradition


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Darren Clarke says he used all of his experience to stay competitive in the region’s tradition. Image: GettyImages

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Darren Clarke tries to use every ounce of experience he has gained in his career at the highest level to win his first major trophy in the PGA Tour Champions.

The 52-year-old has in the In the middle of the regional tradition, a tie for the lead after he carded a somewhat disappointing card in the second round, which enabled Alex Cejka, Jerry Kelly and Steve Stricker to take the lead with a seven point lead.

It was a consistent round of two birdies and a lone drop shot for Clarke, who explained how course management played an important role in running the founding course at Greystone Golf and Country Club.

« I didn’t do very well today at all played. It was a problem again, ”he said. “Just try to stick with it. It’s a four-round tournament as opposed to three (rounds in a standard Champions Tour event) so obviously it’s important to just hang around there and try to give me a chance on the last nine on Sunday afternoon.

“With a regular event, you catch up with it right from the start. You just have to because if you get past the eight ball early, shoot level par, you are out of the tournament. Four-round tournaments; We are used to playing the regular tours where you are kind of a jockey for the position and try to stick around and give yourself a chance. And that’s all you can do. Try to give yourself a chance on the back nine on Sunday afternoon to win the tournament, in any tournament, but especially in a four-round tournament. Since it’s a major here this week, I’ll try to do that. “

Clarke only fired two shots in his first two rounds, which he describes as a success in itself and because of his careful strategy.

 » The golf course is difficult, « he said. “It gives you chances, but it doesn’t take a bad shot to put you in a really difficult position, to go bogey or to double up very, very easily. So it’s an exciting golf course as there is a lot of risk-reward going on, especially the par 5. But if you make a bad swing you know you will make double and you think you almost lost three shots on the field, because you think the field made 4 and you made 7.

« So it’s a challenge. There are a couple of shots where you have to stand and hit and be counted. Unfortunately, I got a little out of today played away the difficulties because I didn’t quite have it again today. Hopefully the answer lies in the dirt on the track. « 

Clarke has already won two PGA Tour Champions events and the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at TimberTech in January in Hualalai Championship, which he won in November.

After that, he admitted that a Senior Major would be the next step towards his ultimate goal of winning the Senior British Open Championship this summer.

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