Crowne Plaza Inv. interview: Tim Clarktext sizeMay 25, 2013
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Q. I think you always do a good job of keeping your ball in play and working your way around the golf course. It starts with your tee ball where you hit 11 fairways.
TIM CLARK: Yes, I mean yesterday was really bad. Luckily I kind of got it figured out and today the swing felt good. That's what you have to do on this course to make birdies. I feel very comfortable out here. When I'm playing out here I can be very aggressive.
Q. What adjustments did you make? Did you work that out on the range?
TIM CLARK: No, I think I had a bit of a crook neck yesterday, and I just had a bit of therapy and today I got it adjusted and today I felt like a different guy.
Q. Talk about the putter, 23 putts in this third round.
TIM CLARK: Yes, I didn't know that. I guess that's a result of when I missed greens I was able to get it up and down and hit a lot of good pitch shots close. It wasn't like I was making 10 footers for pars. Like I say, when I did drive in the fairway I gave myself a good chance for birdie.
Q. You have had chances to win here, Tim, before, obviously you like the golf course, what are your thoughts going into the final round?
TIM CLARK: Yes, I've been in this position a lot so, you know, again it's about for me staying aggressive on this golf course. When you try to play a bit safe, it can come back and get you. So I just need to stay aggressive.
Q. Good luck in the final round.
TIM CLARK: Thank you.
Q. Thoughts on your round today?
TIM CLARK: Yes, a good round, got a little tricky with the wind and swirling around. I was able to hit a lot of fairways. I guess when I didn't I was able to save pars. It wasn't easy out there so I'm very pleased with that round.
Q. The flat stick, I got a couple of questions on that. 2 3 putts today, that's pretty salty for you?
TIM CLARK: Yes, I mean, you know, that's obviously a result to of when I did miss the green I was able to splash it out or get it quite close to the hole. I made a lot of up and downs. I think only one bogey today. So that always helps the stats. When I did hit the fairway I was able to give myself really good birdie chances.
Q. Do you feel like you played your best through this third round?
TIM CLARK: Well, I played awful yesterday. Yesterday the way I played I shouldn't have even made the cut. Today I felt like a different guy . I really felt in control. I hit a lot of good shots. I hope the guy today shows up tomorrow.
Q. After everything that's gone on this week, do you have a little extra incentive out there today?
TIM CLARK: No, I'm trying to just leave that behind me. It's been tough enough this year playing, you know, with that on my mind. So really at this point it's out of my hands. I'm just trying to focus on playing good golf. I think a few of the weeks it probably has gotten the better of me and affected the way I played. But , you know, at least we are getting closer to sort of a final decision here. That's going to be a lot easier.
Q. I'm 40, you are what, 38, 37 at this point?
TIM CLARK: Yes.
Q. You played with that since you were a sophomore in college, correct?
TIM CLARK: Correct, yes.
Q. I mean if the sky opened up tomorrow, and you had to change back to a regular putter, what kind of action are you going to bring with that?
TIM CLARK: I don't even know. Yes, there are so many different -- yes, who knows? Would it be conventional or would it be something new , Kuchar style? You know, that's something I will have to tackle when the decision gets made. Yes, there is a lot of ways to putt out there. The long putter, the way we use it, is just one of those ways. Hopefully they will figure it out.
Q. You said it's been stressful just coming out and it's been on your mind all year long, what was the thought process when you first heard about it and kind of what they might do?
TIM CLARK: Yes, I mean obviously at first when you use something for 15 years in your entire professional career, in your mind I'm thinking, well I'm going to play my career out like this. There was nothing to worry about. And all of a sudden they tell you know, this could be taken away. Yes, you obviously wonder what you are going to do in that situation where, where your future is going to go. Obviously I 'm not someone who is going to quit. I'm going to do what I need to play golf.
Q. You always have been?
TIM CLARK: Exactly. Obviously it's not a rule I'm in favor of. I don't think it makes any sense. Like I say, there is so many ways to putt, they are all just different ways of putting. You are probably going to see some really weird and wonderful things coming out after this.
Q. You like this golf course a lot, don't you?
TIM CLARK: Yes, I mean this is certainly, of all of the courses we play, probably the one I play the best. I love the (inaudible) I love the town, and for a guy who doesn't hit it very far, this is a very good golf course to come in and do some shot making.
Q. Thank you.
TIM CLARK: Thank you.