Clarke hits six-month best with 67 in Australian Open

Clarke hits six-month best with 67 in Australian Open

Ryder Cup Captain Darren Clarke giving a clinic at the Darren Clarke Foundation Champions of Champions Weekend at Portmarnock Golf Club. (25/10/2015). Picture by Pat Cashman

Darren Clarke outscored Jordan Spieth by one as he shot his lowest round for six months to make the cut with ease in the Emirates Australian Open 

Europe’s Ryder Cup captain hasn’t made a halfway cut since August — he’s missed 13 in 23 events this year. But he was close to his old self at The Australian Golf Club, firing birdies at the first, second, 10th, 14th and 18th against a lone bogey at the ninth in in a four under 67 

At level par, the 47-year old found himself tied for 14th place, seven shots behind Matthew Jones, who added a 68 to his opening 67 to lead by three from his Australian compatriot Todd Sinnott.

It was Clarke’s lowest round since he closed with a 66 in the BMW PGA at Wentworth in May. Scores

Spieth shot 68 and share third lace on three under par with Belgium’s Nicolas Colsaerts (66) and Australians Geoff Ogilvy (71), Aron Price (68) and Lincoln Tighe (73).