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February 22 2013

3:47 PM

Rd. 2: Clark def. Olesen, 3 & 2

MARANA, Ariz. -- South African Tim Clark, a No. 15 seed, defeated Denmark's Thorbjorn Olesen, a No. 10 seed, in the second round at Dove Mountain.

Clark hit 14 of 16 greens and said after the match, "That's the best I've probably hit the ball all year, to be honest with you."

All square after six holes, Clark pulled away starting at the par-4 seventh when he rolled in a 13-foot birdie putt. He followed with a birdie at the par-5 eighth while Olesen found trouble off the tee. Olesen hit a wayward approach shot at the par-4 10th and eventually conceded the hole, putting him 3 down.

Olesen bounced back, stringing together three straight birdies. But he could only win one hole.

Clark was 2 up going into the 14th and added to his advantage with a great approach shot within 5 feet. Olesen had his own birdie attempt from inside 10 feet but couldn't hole it.

Not pleased with his game in the first round, Clark was happy to improve his performance Friday. "It's nice to have that turnaround this quickly," Clark said

Clark has now reached the third round for his third consecutive start in this event.

SCORECARD STATS: Clark carded five birdies and one bogey, Olesen carded three birdies and one bogey.

HOLES WON: Clark won five holes. Olesen won two holes.

NEXT OPPONENT: Clark plays Ian Poulter in the third round of the Snead bracket.

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