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April 17, 2005

Darren Clarke


TODD BUDNICK: We welcome Darren Clarke, runner up here at the 2005 MCI Heritage. Darren, a very difficult day for both of you out there. Just some comments on your round today.

DARREN CLARKE: I got off to a great start, thought everything was going well, and just started making some bad swings, and it went from bad to worse, and I seemed to be fighting that hook all day.

TODD BUDNICK: It was back and forth all day. At any point did you feel like it was -- obviously the beginning of the day you had four birdies and it was going your way, but the momentum kept swinging.

DARREN CLARKE: Yeah, it was going everywhere. I got it back again playing No. -- which is the little par 4 around the corner, 13? The wind was swirling about a little bit, and I pulled a wedge a little bit up against the sleepers there and didn't get it out, ended up making double, and I gave some back again. I was probably a little bit greedy on 18 with the way that I had been swinging all day, fighting going left and trying to take an 8-iron in and take the flag down proved to be foolish.

Q. On the hole -- when you had the ball stop in the crack of the wood, did you think maybe the momentum would turn in your favor or that was a break for you?

DARREN CLARKE: Not really. I had hit bad shots before and it was just another one. It didn't make any difference.

Q. Have you ever seen a shot stop in a crack in a wood two inches from the water or had to play that before?

DARREN CLARKE: Things happen out here that you don't think are going to happen. I didn't think I was going to shoot whatever I shot today.

Q. What was going through your mind when you were walking up 18 fairway?

DARREN CLARKE: You could not print it (laughter), so I'd better not tell you.

Q. Was there a single point where your swing went from feeling good to feeling bad?

DARREN CLARKE: No, it just got progressively worse, no real point where I could say it went -- I hit some pure shots, and then around this golf course, as tight as it is, standing on the tees with not much confidence, it's a pretty tough golf course.

Q. You seemed to struggle with the bunker shots. Were they just tough shots or has bunker play been something you were struggling with?

DARREN CLARKE: My bunker play has been great. The one that I couldn't get out of was up against the sleepers on 14, I couldn't do anything about that.

The one on No. 7, the par 3, I had a bad lie. The bunker hadn't been raked properly and I couldn't get underneath the ball and I had to land it on a very small area to get it close. I couldn't do anything with it.

Q. Is there any sense of disbelief given where you were with 13 holes to go with --

DARREN CLARKE: Yes. The honest answer is yes. I can't believe I've done what I've done.

TODD BUDNICK: Thank you very much, Darren. Appreciate your time.

End of FastScripts.

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