A soft course and minimal expectations proved a perfect combination for the trimmed-down (by 50 pounds) Northern Irishman. Starting off the 10th tee, Clarke marched to a five-under 67 to match the day's best round. To say the red number came from nowhere is warranted. The lost weight in 2014 hasn't helped his game, with Clarke making the cut in just two of 11 PGA Tour starts, the last coming at the Masters. Meanwhile, the last time he had a round that low in the Open was the third round at St. Andrews in 2005 (his lowest score when he won at St. George's in 2011 was 68). -- R.H.