DEUTSCHE BANK CHAMPIONSHIP
Tim Clark shot a 62 at the Deutsche Bank Championship yesterday.
Clark puts on a show with 62
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While Tim Clark was busy flirting with a 59 during yesterday's second round of the Deutsche Bank Championship, Hawaii golfers Dean Wilson and Parker McLachlin fought for their FedExCup lives.
Clark wound up with a 62 to take a one-shot lead, Wilson shot a 3-under 68 to land on the cut line, but McLachin's 2-under 69 left him one shot shy of the cut and out of the FedExCup chase.
Wilson is 45th and will be among the top 70 PGA Tour players moving on to next week's BMW Championship.
Tim Clark took a one-shot lead over Mike Weir yesterday by shooting a 9-under 62 at the Deutsche Bank Championship.
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NORTON, Mass. » Tim Clark matched his best score on the PGA Tour with a 62. He made two eagles in a span of three holes, nearly driving a par 4. And he wound up with a one-shot lead in the Deutsche Bank Championship.
It still was hard to hide his disappointment.
The South African poured in birdies at such an alarming rate yesterday on the TPC Boston that after making his second eagle, from just over 20 feet on the 298-yard fourth hole, he was 10 under through 13 holes.
Two birdies over his final five holes -- one of them a par 5 -- and he would have a 59.
And after a beautiful sand wedge to 3 feet on the par-5 seventh to reach 11 under for his round, he only needed one birdie over the final two holes to become the fourth player to shoot golf's magic number on the PGA Tour.
"For a while there, there certainly was a chance of 59," he said.
His hopes ended with a 3-iron hybrid right of the 222-yard eighth hole and an 8-foot par putt he failed to convert.
"That was the end of the dream," he said.
But the second round of the PGA Tour Playoffs effectively is just beginning.
Clark bogeyed his final two holes and still shot a 9-under 62, giving him a one-shot lead over Mike Weir going into the final two rounds at the Deutsche Bank Championship.
But a dozen players were separated by four shots, including Barclays winner Vijay Singh.
The group does not include British Open and PGA champion Padraig Harrington. He battled back with a 65, but still missed the cut for the second straight week and now is in jeopardy of missing the Tour Championship. Masters champion Trevor Immelman made the cut by one shot after a 67, and he might be the only major champion at East Lake.
Weir, who tied the course record Friday with a 61, took a while to warm up until he settled in for a 68. He prefers a stiffer test, but the former Masters champion has won at places like the Bob Hope Classic.
"I'm going to have to do a little better," Weir said.
Singh, who won The Barclays in a playoff last week to lead the FedEx Cup standings, picked up three birdies on the final four holes for a 66 and was two shots back at 12-under 130, along with former British Open champion Ben Curtis, who had a 65.
Jim Furyk (65), Sergio Garcia (64) and Ernie Els (65) were in the group at 131 that also included Kevin Streelman, who is turning into this year's poster boy of how playing well can pay off big in this points format.
Sluman in share of lead
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. » Jeff Sluman shot a 6-under 66 at Pebble Beach for a share of the second-round lead in the Wal-Mart First Tee Open with Loren Roberts, Phil Blackmar and John Harris.
Sluman, a six-time PGA Tour winner in his first full season on the Champions Tour, had six birdies and a bogey en route to a 9-under 135 total.
Havret up by one
GLENEAGLES, Scotland » France's Gregory Havret birdied the last hole for a 4-under 69 and a one-stroke lead over England's Anthony Wall after the third round of the Johnnie Walker Championship.