"I'm not bothered about anything. There are a lot of people want to win this a lot more than I do. Golf ain't that important."
Clarke was four shots off the lead at halfway
Darren Clarke is still in holiday mode after his recent trip to the Bahamas with wife Heather who is battling cancer. And it seems to be working at two under par.
"It's nice to be leading after two rounds, but the goal is to be leading after four."
American Chad Campbell shows why he is leading by three as he gets to the nub of 72-hole strokeplay.
"So much has been made of driving and iron play now, but
you've still got to putt. The biggest
part of this course is putting."
Campbell, milking his moment in the sun, warms to his theme.
"Just don't touch me, please."
Colin Montgomerie cards 75 - enough to miss the cut by one - and rejects the advances of an over-zealous official.
"I'd like to be remembered as a nice guy and a fairly
decent player. I know I'm not a Hall of Fame golfer. But a nice guy and good family man, that would be good enough for me."
American veteran Charles Coody, the 1971 champion, defies his 68 years and the added yardage at Augusta to fire a second-round 74, 15 shots better than his opening 89.
Duval slumped to a second-round 75 including a 10 at the second
"I have a lot of respect for the tournament. That's one of the reasons I won't play anymore. I don't want to embarrass the tournament."
Coody again, confirming it will be his last Masters, though if he can shoot 74 - and he was one under after 15 - he's doing better than many.
"You need a bit of fortune here and I had no fortune at all. But
never mind. I didn't putt very well."
Monty dusts himself off enough to talk to reporters.
"It's just hard for me to visualize him at anything but his best. He's a tremendous talent and I can't understand what's going on because he has a lot of game."
Phil Mickelson on the struggling David Duval, who carded 84 and then 75, which included a 10 at the second.
"All of a sudden things change and you can't play anymore. It's not because he stinks. It's something happened that he can't find back what he had before. You just get chewed up, thrown out. It's just so hard."
Rocco Mediate, no stranger to poor form, provides a lucid summing up on the David Duval debate.
"I don't think I've ever had back-to-back doubles. I was happy I
hung in there and didn't give up."
Overnight leader Vijay Singh reached seven under at one stage but ran up two straight double bogeys before fighting back to three under and a share of second.
"This has always been my favourite place. For six or seven years, I
didn't play worth a darn."
Two-time winner Ben Crenshaw, 54, rolls back the years with a 72 for one under.
"I tried to stay aggressive. I am not being ridiculous or anything. It's just
picking your shots wisely and playing them."
Padraig Harrington grinds out a 70 for one under, five adrift.