This week’s $8.5 million WGC-HSBC Champions is Clark’s final
event of 2014, and he made a fine start with a three-under-par
69 that left him only two strokes behind leader Graeme McDowell
after the first round at Sheshan on Thursday.
"You want to end the season well (and) this all counts for us
for next year so there's a lot of incentive,” Clark told
reporters. "This is a really big tournament and it's nice to be
in the mix right now."
The tournament is part of the 2014-15 schedule on the U.S. PGA
Tour schedule, where Clark plays most of his golf.
He is renowned as a straight hitter, so he should be right at
home this week on a course with penal rough waiting to gobble up
errant shots, though some of the longer holes tested him to the
“Today was tough,” said the man who won the Canadian Open in
July. “When it's a little bit cold and windy like it was, the
course played extremely long.
“I hit a lot of woods and hybrids and just really tried to make
sure I hit the fairway. It's a rather long course for me, so I
was pretty happy with what I was able to do today.”
(Editing by Patrick Johnston)
[© 2014 Thomson Reuters. All rights
Copyright 2014 Reuters. All rights reserved. This material may not be published,
broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.