"It made me feel good," Clark said. "I was on the 17th tee as the low pro, 1 over par for the tournament. I struggled on [Nos.] 17 and 18 [with a bogey and double bogey], but it was nice to be back, to have that feeling of 'I'm here.'
"Hey, I played good for two days. I'm pretty confident."
"Jonathan is so streaky," Evans said. "If he gets going, he can play in anything against anybody."
"I told the guys," Clark said, "I've been a general manager and not really a golf pro for a few years. But I'm playing better, I've got new clubs and I'm rejuvenated. I'm starting to feel better swinging the clubs. I'm coming around."
Clark, though, won't be around to defend his title in the West Virginia Open, which will be held in Vienna in two weeks.
"I'm the defending champion," Clark said. "And I hate to say this, but it only took me about 10 minutes to decide between the two. This [PNC] is that big of an event."
It's an extra bonus that Evans, a buddy of Clark, will be hitting Sunriver as well.
"It's nice," Clark said. "Barry has been around and won it. Being able to pick his brain, ask him what's going on and what to expect is nice."
Evans called Sunriver "one of the prettiest places I've ever been to in the country."
We'll see if Clark can take in the scenery, and if he can make his wait worthwhile.
Reach Mitch Vingle at 304-348-4827, mitchvin...@wvgazette.com or follow him at twitter.com/MitchVingle.