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July 3, 2008

Darren Clarke


Q. What happened after the great start?
DARREN CLARKE: Missed a 3-footer for par on whatever hole it was and just lost my way a little bit and couldn't get it on the fairway. And with the rough the way it is, tough to keep on greens and paid the penalty for a few wayward tee shots.

Q. Great back nine?
DARREN CLARKE: Yeah, I hit it really well. I was pleased I was able to do that after a frustrating time at Sunningdale; to get a couple back again was pretty good.

Q. How disappointed were you missing the Qualifying?
DARREN CLARKE: Desperately disappointing. I said that at the time, not just missing, but playing the way I played around a course that I know so well. But that's the way it is and I've got to do as best I can now and hopefully try and sneak in another next week.

Q. Anything that stands out from the second nine?
DARREN CLARKE: No. I had lots of chances.
I'm a broken record, that's the way I played. You wouldn't have thought it if you'd seen me in the middle of the back nine but that's just the way I've been playing all year.
I got a putting tip last night at six o'clock from Pete Cowen because he was with me for years and years and knows me as well as anybody and gave me a few suggestions and striking the putts has been the best it's been in a long time. A few went in and a few didn't, but better than none going in, so that's all right.

Q. The par 5, eighth hole?
DARREN CLARKE: Yeah, just trickled over, a horrific lie. And missed it on the last, as well.

Q. So you're not concerned about your putting?
DARREN CLARKE: Well, last night, the couple of tips that Pete gave me was certainly that my strike has improved.

Q. You have to be happy with your long game.
Pete was with me, and with all of the stats and stuff, that's when I putted my best, but I tried to go back to a few things and misinterpreted and Pete put it straight.

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