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May 25 2013

5:44 PM

Clark returns to his accurate ways

Tim Clark during Saturday's third round at Colonial (Halleran/Getty Images)

By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Tim Clark has never won at Colonial. But he's used to being in contention.

Clark has finished tied for second twice at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, and has four other top-20 finishes here.

So it's really no surprise that he's sniffing the top of the leaderboard again, having shot a third-round 5-under 65 on Saturday to move to 9 under going into the final day.

"I've been in this position a lot, so again, it's about for me staying aggrssive on this golf course," Clark said. "When you try to play it safe, it can come back and get you. So I just need to stay aggressive."

After opening with a 3-under 67, Clark followed with a 69 on Friday in which he hit an unusually low 5 of 14 fairways. But he bounced back on Saturday with his normal accuracy off the tee, hitting 11 of 14 fairways.

Clark said he woke up Friday with a "crook neck" that ultimately needed therapy after his round.

"Yesterday was really bad," Clark said. "Luckily I kind of got it figured out and today the swing felt good."

Clark, whose lone PGA TOUR win is the 2010 THE PLAYERS Championship, ranks third in driving accuracy this year but 178th in distance. Some courses are simply too long for him.

Colonial is not.

"For a guy who doesn't hit it very far," Clark said, "this is a very good golf course to come in and do some shot-making."

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