Tim Clark aims to put the disappointment of his one-under-par 71 for the second round of the $6.5-million Nedbank Golf Challenge on Friday behind him and to find the low round he needs to get back into contention.
He reached the halfway stage of the tournament at the Gary Player Country Club at three-under-par 141, seven strokes off the lead set by a sparkling nine-under-par 63 by Luke Donald – but still very much in contention.
“I'm expecting a low round,” he said. “That’s what I need to do tomorrow, to come out and shoot a really low score to get back in it. There are still two rounds to go. It’s a long way, so that’s really what we plan for.”
His charge for the upper reaches of the leaderboard was stymied by three bogeys in his final six holes, after he had got himself within striking distance of the lead at four-under after 12 holes in the second round.
“Obviously I’m not very pleased with how I finished,” he said. “My three bogeys were from on the green. Unfortunately I had to chip one from on the green and then I had two three-putts. So I wouldn’t say I had the best day with the putter.
“I think I only missed two greens today really, and played well. I felt like I was playing well and really could have put a nice number in there and been within reach of Luke. To finish with three bogeys is just no good.”
The reality of how difficult it was to go low on Friday was underscored by the fact that Donald’s nine-birdie bonanza was the only bogey-free round of the day. The next best round was Tommy Fleetwood's five-under-par 67, and that included two bogeys.
“If you get it rolling – and Luke’s certainly a great putter – and you get confident out there, you can make putts and you can make birdies,” said Clark. “If you’re playing well, it’s out there for sure.”