Tim Clark pines for another big win

2014-08-03 15:00

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Tim Clark’s victory at the RBC Canadian Open on Sunday has spurred him on to make the second big catch in the space of four years: winning the PGA Championship this time around.

The PGA, the last major of the year on the US PGA tour calendar, tees off at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky, in the US from Thursday. The majors that have already been played are the Masters, the US Open and the Open, sometimes also called the British Open.

Clark was born in Umkomaas on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast. The last time he won on the tour was in 2010. He took the prestigious Players Championship after carding a final round of 67 at the Tournament Players Club at Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

The Players is regarded as an unofficial major because of its stature and the calibre of its participants.

At the Canadian Open at Royal Montreal Golf Club Clark birdied five of the last eight holes to beat American Jim Furyk by a stroke. In the process, he pocketed a mouth-watering $1.02?million (R11?million).

Clark’s latest feat broke a four-year barren period during which he did not win any title on the PGA tour – which is arguably the world’s most powerful golf sanctioning body.

And he is looking forward to outdoing himself at Valhalla.

“It has been a really long time since I last won on the PGA tour. Winning a second event on the tour and what is the last major of the season would simply be awesome,” Clark was quoted in Sport24 as saying.

Last year’s PGA, played at Oak Hill Country Club in Pittsford, New York, was won by American Jason Dufner.

But Clark is confident his trademark anchored long putter will help him seal victory in the final round on Sunday.

The diminutive pot-bellied player was born with a birth defect that prevents him from rotating his forearms normally, which makes putting with a ­­­s­hort putter difficult.

Clark had two runner-up finishes in the US last year: in the McGladrey Classic at Sea Island, Georgia; and the Sony Open at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu, Hawaii. He also came second in the 2012 Wyndham Championship at the Sedgefield Country Club in North Carolina.

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