Tim keeping up in China

Sheshan International Golf Club challenged the world’s best on Friday at the WGC-HSBC Champions, where Tim Clark managed to keep sight of the lead with a second-round 70 that took him to fifth place.


“We’re here and looking to put out our best, so I’m trying really hard. I’m pleased with my position, I wasn’t expecting to be where I am. I’m very happy with the first two rounds.


The reigning RBC Canadian Open champion began on the 10th and had a quiet outward nine that contained a bogey at the 12th and a birdie at the 16th. It was tough to score at Sheshan International, but course management was the secret to Clark’s success.


“I think I’m managing the course pretty well. I’ve been trying to keep it in the fairway, even if that means I’ve got longer shots to the green. The rough here is thick, so my strategy has been to avoid it. I’ve made a few putts, which is good. It’s tough to save par and I’m pleased to save a few more pars today,” he said.


Graeme McDowell posted his second 67 of the week to lead on 10-under-par, while Ian Poulter headed up the chase on seven-under. 


Two rounds remain and Clark pointed out that anything could happen.


“On a course like this someone can get going and play their way right into it, so I’ve just got to keep going,” he said.


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