Three-up after eight holes in their quarterfinal round match at La Costa in Carlsbad, Cal., Clarke allowed the Aussie back into the match by losing the ninth and 10th holes.
Clarke stemmed the tide over the next three holes, but then double-bogeyed
14 to allow Lonard to draw even. Lonard won the 16th and 18th holes for a 2-up victory.
Clarke, who won this event in 2000 by taking the measure of Tiger Woods over the final 36 holes, began the event with a 4 and 3 win over Tim Clark. Davis Love III was next to go down, by a surprisingly easy 7 and 6 margin. The third round saw Clarke eliminate Jim Furyk, 2 up. Clarke’s earnings amounted to $200,000.
Padraig Harrington made it past the first round, with a 4 and 3 win over John Cook. But Scott Hoch removed Harrington from the picture in the second round, 3 and 2. The effort was worth $60,000 to Harrington.
Graeme McDowell made some noise in the third round of the Chrysler Classic, held at Omni Tucson National in Arizona. His third-round 64 left him tied for 15th place, seven shots off the lead, with an outside shot of contending on Sunday. But he fizzled in that final stanza, shooting 75 to back up to 44th place. McDowell’s total was six-under-par 282 (71-72-64-75). His check amounted to $9,620. Frank Lickliter’s 269 won the title.
TRANS-ACT MORTGAGE TOURSean Quinlivan had 11th place to himself in this circuit’s last stop at the Wellington Country Club in Wellington, Fla. His three-under-par 213 (72-69-72) was nine shots off the pace set by Hiroshi Matsuo. Quinlivan
earned $9,649.40. John O’Leary, at 160 (81-79), missed the cut.