Tim Clark (golfer)

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Tim Clark
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full nameTimothy Henry Clark
NicknamePenguin[1]
Born(1975-12-17) 17 December 1975 (age 39)
Durban, South Africa
Height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Weight165 lb (75 kg; 11.8 st)
Nationality South Africa
ResidenceScottsdale, Arizona, U.S.
Career
CollegeNorth Carolina State University
Turned professional1998
Current tour(s)Sunshine Tour
PGA Tour
European Tour
Professional wins14
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour2
European Tour3
Sunshine Tour2
PGA Tour of Australasia1
Web.com Tour2
Other6
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament2nd: 2006
U.S. OpenT3: 2005
The Open ChampionshipT23: 2005
PGA Championship3rd: 2003
Achievements and awards
Sunshine Tour
Order of Merit
winner
2001/02
 
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Tim Clark
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full nameTimothy Henry Clark
NicknamePenguin[1]
Born(1975-12-17) 17 December 1975 (age 39)
Durban, South Africa
Height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Weight165 lb (75 kg; 11.8 st)
Nationality South Africa
ResidenceScottsdale, Arizona, U.S.
Career
CollegeNorth Carolina State University
Turned professional1998
Current tour(s)Sunshine Tour
PGA Tour
European Tour
Professional wins14
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour2
European Tour3
Sunshine Tour2
PGA Tour of Australasia1
Web.com Tour2
Other6
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament2nd: 2006
U.S. OpenT3: 2005
The Open ChampionshipT23: 2005
PGA Championship3rd: 2003
Achievements and awards
Sunshine Tour
Order of Merit
winner
2001/02

Timothy Henry Clark (born 17 December 1975) is a South African professional golfer who currently plays on the PGA Tour. His biggest win to date is The Players Championship in 2010, which was also his first PGA Tour win.

Clark was born in Durban, South Africa. He took up golf at the age of three and was taught to play by his father. He attended North Carolina State University in the United States, where he had a successful college golf career, winning ACC Player of the Year in 1997. During this time he won the 1997 U.S. Amateur Public Links to qualify for his first major, the 1998 Masters Tournament.[2]

He turned professional later in 1998, and initially played on the second tier U.S. professional tour, which was then known as the Nike Tour, where he won two tournaments in 2000 to gain membership of the main PGA Tour for 2001. His 2001 campaign was cut short by a wrist injury after just three events. He made a comeback in 2002, and had the benefit of a major medical exemption which enabled him to enter enough events to comfortably regain full exemption for 2003. He captured his first PGA Tour victory at the 2010 Players Championship, becoming only the second golfer to make the Players his first Tour victory. He has had three European Tour victories. He finished sole second at the 2006 Masters Tournament and sole or tied third at the 2003 PGA Championship and the 2005 U.S. Open.

Clark was a member of the International Team, captained by fellow South African Gary Player in two of three appearances, in the 2003, 2005 and 2009 Presidents Cup. Player dubbed him the team's "bull dog" in reference to his dogged determination and refusal to give in or let go. In 2005 he reached the top 20 of the Official World Golf Rankings for the first time. He won the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit in the 2001/02 season. He has played Gary Player's annual charity event in South Africa to help raise funds for needy children and personally paid for a little girl's cochlear ear implant so that she could hear after winning the event in 2005. In Australia for a three-tournament swing, he won the 2008 Australian Open in a playoff with Mathew Goggin when they were both tied at 9-under-par. Neither seemed to have a chance with four holes to play when David Smail led at 12-under only to double-bogey the next two holes.[3]

In May 2009, Clark nearly had his first PGA Tour victory in hand at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, but he bogeyed the 18th hole to force a playoff. On the first hole of that playoff, he missed a 7-footer which would have given him the victory. Then, on the second playoff hole, he and Steve Marino lost to Steve Stricker. In May 2010, Clark picked up his first PGA Tour title in his 206th start, after eight runner-up finishes, at the 2010 Players Championship. Clark came from three behind with a final round 67 to win by a stroke over Robert Allenby.[1]

On 11 August 2013, in the final round of the PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club, Clark made a hole-in-one on the 220 yard, par-3 11th hole. On 27 July 2014, Clark won the RBC Canadian Open, finishing one stroke ahead of Jim Furyk. This was his second PGA Tour title and first victory in more than four years. He birdied five out of the last eight holes to come from three strokes back in the final round. The win moved Clark back inside the world's top 100.[4]

Professional wins (14)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (2)[edit]

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runner-up
19 May 2010The Players Championship−16 (68-71-66-67=272)1 strokeAustralia Robert Allenby
227 Jul 2014RBC Canadian Open−17 (67-67-64-65=263)1 strokeUnited States Jim Furyk

PGA Tour playoff record (0–2)

No.YearTournamentOpponent(s)Result
12009Crowne Plaza Invitational at ColonialUnited States Steve Marino, United States Steve StrickerStricker won with birdie on second extra hole
22014WGC-HSBC ChampionsUnited States Bubba WatsonLost to birdie on first extra hole

European Tour wins (3)[edit]

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
113 Jan 2002Bell's South African Open−19 (66-70-68-65=269)2 strokesEngland Steve Webster
223 Jan 2005South African Airways Open 1−15 (68-71-68-66=273)6 strokesFrance Grégory Havret, South Africa Charl Schwartzel
37 Jul 2005Barclays Scottish Open−19 (67-66-65-67=265)2 strokesNorthern Ireland Darren Clarke, Netherlands Maarten Lafeber

1 Co-sanctioned by the Sunshine Tour

Sunshine Tour wins (2)[edit]

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
113 Jan 2002Bell's South African Open−19 (66-70-68-65=269)2 strokesEngland Steve Webster
223 Jan 2005South African Airways Open 1−15 (68-71-68-66=273)6 strokesFrance Grégory Havret, South Africa Charl Schwartzel

1 Co-sanctioned by the European Tour

PGA Tour of Australasia wins (1)[edit]

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runner-up
114 Dec 2008Australian Open−9 (70-73-69-67=279)PlayoffAustralia Mathew Goggin

Buy.com Tour wins (2)[edit]

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
112 Aug 2000Buy.com Fort Smith Classic−16 (67-66-65-66=264)3 strokesUnited States Lee Rinker
217 Sep 2000Buy.com Boise Open−15 (66-67-69-67=269)6 strokesUnited States Patrick Burke, United States Steve Haskins

Canadian Tour wins (2)[edit]

Other wins (4)[edit]

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament19981999
Masters TournamentCUTDNP
U.S. OpenDNPDNP
The Open ChampionshipDNPDNP
PGA ChampionshipDNPDNP
Tournament2000200120022003200420052006200720082009
Masters TournamentDNPDNPDNPT13CUTT392T13CUTT13
U.S. OpenDNPDNPDNPCUTT13T3CUTT17T48T40
The Open ChampionshipDNPDNPCUTDNPCUTT23T56DNPCUTCUT
PGA ChampionshipDNPDNPT533CUTT17T24CUTT55T16
Tournament20102011201220132014
Masters TournamentCUTCUTCUTT11CUT
U.S. OpenT12DNPCUTCUTDNP
The Open ChampionshipCUTDNPCUTT44DNP
PGA ChampionshipT39DNPT11T68CUT

DNP = did not play
CUT = missed the half way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place.
Yellow background for top-10.

Summary[edit]

TournamentWins2nd3rdTop-5Top-10Top-25EventsCuts made
Masters Tournament010115136
U.S. Open001114106
The Open Championship00000193
PGA Championship001115129
Totals01233154424

Results in World Golf Championship events[edit]

Tournament2002200320042005200620072008
Accenture Match Play ChampionshipDNPR64DNPR64R64R32R64
Cadillac Championship62DNPDNPT18T26T63T12
Bridgestone InvitationalDNPT64T48T5174T6T20
Tournament200920102011201220132014
Accenture Match Play ChampionshipR16R16DNPDNPR16DNP
Cadillac Championship27T22DNPDNPT60DNP
Bridgestone InvitationalT29T58DNPDNPDNPT50
HSBC ChampionsDNPT25DNPDNPDNP2

DNP = Did not play
QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10.
Note that the HSBC Champions did not become a WGC event until 2009.

Team appearances[edit]

Amateur

Professional

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Sobel, Jason (9 May 2010). "Clark prevails for maiden victory". ESPN. 
  2. ^ "Past Champions – 1997: Tim Clark". USGA. Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "Tim Clark wins Australian Open in Sydney". The Sydney Morning Herald. 14 December 2008. 
  4. ^ Marchesan, John (27 July 2014). "Tim Clark defeats Jim Furyk". The Globe and Mail. 

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