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Bridesmaid No More – Tim Clark Wins THE PLAYERS

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In 2009 Tim Clark pushed his streak of finishing 2nd at once on the PGA Tour to five frustrating years. The South African has finally put the brakes on that run, and with a win at the THE PLAYERS today hopes to start a new tradition of winning on the world’s biggest tour.

The 34 year-old Durban native has become a familiar site on the PGA Tour since he first became a member in 2001. His steady, consistent play has been his trademark, but winning has just not been in the cards. A previous winner on the Canadian, South African, European, and Nationwide Tours, and a 3-time Presidents Cup Team Member (’03,’05,’09), that success has never translated on to the PGA Tour where Clark has racked up eight second-place finishes. Finally, he has the win he has been seeking and he made his first one a real beauty.

“I feel like I hit every shot I wanted to today,” said the newly crowned champion. That he did, as Clark posted 67 on Sunday, the lowest round of any player in the field. It was even more impressive than his 66 on Saturday when scoring conditions were much more amenable. Clark achieved his five under par total on Sunday on holes 7 through 12 where he compiled five birdies, including four consecutively on holes 9 through 12. After that he hung on with solid putt after solid putt to maintain a stranglehold on the lead.   “I must have gotten some inspiration from Rory,” said Clark about the hot stretch that mimicked the play of Rory McIlroy at Quail Hollow last week.

Robert Allenby was the only man to bring Clark’s possible win into any doubt after a birdie on the 16th hole on Sunday pushed him to one stroke off the lead. Unfortunately for the Australian he would leave a very makable birdie putt short of the hole on 17 and fail to catch Clark on the last hole when his approach shot sailed right of the green. From there he could not convert the birdie he needed to push Clark to extra holes.

Allenby would not have needed that putt to force a playoff if Clark had not managed to hole his 7 foot, 9 inch par putt for his final stroke of the tournament. It was a clutch moment that he can certainly lean on in the years ahead. “I just told myself to trust myself and hit it,” said Clark of the fateful putt. “It worked out,” he added with a smile.

Third round leader Lee Westwood stumbled down the stretch, barely scraping out a 39 on the final nine, including a wet double bogey on the island green 17th. A tied for fourth was the Englishman’s fate.

After a circuitous route that saw him go from being the 1997 U.S. Publinks Amateur winner to grabbing professional titles around the world, Tim Clark can finally say he is a PGA Tour winner.   It may have taken more than 200 tournaments for it to happen but never again will he have to answer the question about why he has not won on the PGA Tour.

Said Clark, who cashes a check of $1.71 million for the win, “I came out today and showed what I can do on the golf course; I was really pleased.”

And he should be, after all not only is he a PGA Tour winner; he is THE PLAYERS Champion.

It’s a huge win, and while it is Tim Clark’s first, after what he showed he is capable of this week more than likely it will not be his last.

This report provided to GolfWRX.com by Flagstick Golf Magazine (www.flagstick.com)

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10 interesting photos from Tuesday at the Zurich Classic

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GolfWRX is live from the 2018 Zurich Classic at TPC Louisiana, where, among other things, a giant three-legged crocodile roams.

Now in it’s second year, the tournament’s unique two-man team format has attracted a wealth of top talent, including 10 of the top 14 golfers in the OWGR. We’re on the scene snapping bag pictures and have five galleries from TPC Louisiana’s range Tuesday. We also have a look inside Ryan Ruffels bag, a peek at Jimmy Walker’s putter, a look in Brooks Koepka’s bag, and more!

Let’s dig in.

Well, this certainly is interesting, Xinjun Zhang. Not sure about the context, but not something you traditionally see on a PGA Tour driving range…

Hard not to love Ryan Ruffels’ 009M

Look’s like Michael Greller is enjoying some well-earned relaxation

Ryan Palmer boldly going where few Tour pros dare to: serif font

Roman numeral loft stamping? Savage grind? We like your style, Bud Cauley

Is this a new Wilson Staff PMP wedge prototype or a one-off thing for Ricky Barnes?

Finally, Whitney comes to a wedge

Ham & egg!

Jimmy Walker’s silver Spider

Our Tour Photographer risking the wrath of Bubba (we assume he had permission)

 

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Detroit could be getting a PGA Tour event

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As a business based in the Detroit metro area, GolfWRX is happy to hear this: the Motor City could be getting a PGA Tour event.

With the PGA Tour’s 2019-2020 schedule expected in the weeks ahead, the Detroit News reports the Tour could announce (Detroit-based) Quicken Loans will sponsor an event at Detroit Golf Club. The company ceased sponsorship of the former Quicken Loans National in Washington, D.C. last year.

The Detroit News quotes a source with knowledge of the Tour’s scheduling discussions as saying an official announcement is near.

While the Tour, Quicken Loans, and Detroit Golf Club are mum on the matter, Quicken Loans’ statement to the paper last year made clear the company’s intention to bring a tournament to the city.

“As we look to the future, we remain interested in exploring ways to highlight the energy and revitalization taking place in Detroit…A prime golf event, featuring the world’s best players, is certainly something we would be interested in pursuing as a way to showcase our great American city.”

If the Detroit tournament takes the calendar spot of the The National, it would be contested in late June/early July. Additionally, with the PGA Championship’s move to may next year, there’s some speculation the Detroit event could be contested in August.

As mentioned, we know the PGA Championship is moving to May in 2019. Additionally, The Players will move to March, TPC Southwind will take over  WGC hosting duties from Firestone Country Club, and the FedEx Cup Playoffs will wrap before start of football season.

We’ll have to wait (eagerly) for official word on the Detroit event.

 

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Tuesday’s Photos from the 2018 Zurich Classic

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GolfWRX is live from the 2018 Zurich Classic at TPC Louisiana (par 72; 7,425 yards), designed by Pete Dye with consultants Steve Elkington and Kelly Gibson.

The Zurich Classic is a unique event on the PGA Tour because it’s not an individual stroke-play event. Instead, the format consists of two-man teams playing best-ball on Thursday and Saturday, and alternate-shot on Friday and Sunday.

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Last year, Cameron Smith and Jonas Blixt won the event after four playoff holes against Kevin Kisner and Scott Brown. The Smith/Blixt duo will be back to defend their title, and the Kisner/Brown pairing will be back avenging their loss.

Other notable pairings in the field include Daniel Berger/Gary Woodland, Wesley Bryan/Jon Rahm, Patrick Reed/Patrick Cantlay, John Daly/Rory Sabbatini, Jason Day/Ryan Ruffels, David Duval/Jim Furyk, Tony Finau/Daniel Summerhays, Sergio Garcia/Rafa Cabrera Bello, J.B. Holmes/Brand Snedeker, Matt Kuchar/Bubba Watson, Louis Oosthuizen/Charl Schwartzel, Sean O’Hair/Jimmy Walker, Pat Perez/Jason Dufner, Justin Rose/Henrik Stenson, Jordan Spieth/Ryan Palmer, Justin Thomas/Bud Cauley and more!

Check out our photos from the event below!

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