The longest course in major championship history was expected to be a difficult test. But officials moved up several tees, the greens held approach shots, the wind never blew hard and pin positions were not difficult.
Tiger stumbled to a 75, leaving him in a tie for 104th place. He needs a good round Friday to survive the 36-hole cut.
Despite the fact 39 players broke par, Clarke said he expected to see a more difficult course the rest of the week.
"I think if the wind blows and the greens firm up, then we are going to see a real challenge," he said.