Route 66 for Clarke as Alker roars clear in Hawaii

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Darren Clarke was in fine form on day two of the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai as he carded a bogey-free round of 66.

It moved the 2011 Open champion up nineteen places into a share of 11th place on the leaderboard at seven-under-par but nine shots adrift of Steven Alker heading into the final round.

Four birdies in six holes around the turn were the catalyst for Clarke who added another at the par-5 14th.

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It’s former Charles Schwab Cup winner Alker who has his head above water by two shots from Harrison Frazar and Steve Stricker after a superb 63.

The New Zealander was bogey-free and carded seven birdies and an eagle at the par-5 14th to climb to sixteen-under-par.

“I just got off to a nice start. I kind of took my chances when I had them. It kind of seemed like I kept doing that all day. Just I think for me, start of the year, I’m just working on trying to commit to my golf shots.

“I kind of find that hard to do early season just to get back into the mode and get playing. That’s what I focused on and it was working, I was just hitting the shots. When I didn’t quite commit, it wasn’t there, but my swing’s in a good place so it felt good.”

 

 

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