Tiny Tim Beats Big Boys At Players

Mike McAllister of PGAtour.com reports on Tim Clark’s breakthrough victory at the Players Championship in Sawgrass. “ As he stood ov...

tim clark players 2010

Mike McAllister of PGAtour.com reports on Tim Clark’s breakthrough victory at the Players Championship in Sawgrass.

As he stood over his par putt on the 18th green at TPC Sawgrass on Sunday, his Srixon Z-Star ball 7 feet, 9 inches away from the pin, his long putter firmly tucked against his chest, his heart pounding and his nerves dancing, Tim Clark did his best to suppress the enormity of the situation.

While there was no guarantee this would be the putt to finally give him, in his 206th PGA TOUR start, that long-awaited first win, the South African knew. He knew this was a putt that could ultimately seal THE PLAYERS Championship. He knew this was a putt that could put to rest -- finally -- all those questions about whether he was made of championship material or was simply the perennial runner-up, the best player on TOUR without a victory, the feisty lovable undersized "pit bull," as Greg Norman called him last year at the Presidents Cup.

He knew that all the times he had battled self-doubt, feeling he didn't belong with the big boys, could very well be wiped away with this putt.

Clark knew all this, he knew that his closest pursuers were still more than 30 minutes away from finishing and that he would have to sweat out the possible career-changing moment. He knew this putt was huge ... and he knew he couldn't think about any of that.

Clark had to stay in the moment. Focus on the task at hand. Concentrate on the crispy patch of Bermuda grass between his ball and the pin, and think of nothing else.

He had been burned before when thinking about the big picture while standing over a huge putt. In fact, it had happened less than a year ago at Colonial when he failed to knock down the big putt, giving away a tournament that was his to win.

Now he wanted to think small in order to get the big payoff.

"I just trusted myself and just tried to get into that shot and hit that shot as best as I could," Clark said.

He couldn't have hit it any better, nailing the putt, then going into waiting mode. Beyond a slight fist pump, the feisty Clark didn't dare allow himself to celebrate. Finishing at 16 under after posting the day's best round, a bogey-free 5-under 67, he looked at the leaderboard and saw that Robert Allenby and Lee Westwood were breathing down his neck. With the possibility of a playoff looming, he eventually went to the range to stay warm.

But after Clark had taken care of himself with the clutch putt, the golf gods took care of the rest. For once, they were on his side.

Westwood faded when his tee shot on 17 landed in the water. He was done. No PLAYERS champion has ever hit in the water on the island green in the final round. The third-round leader wound up with double bogey and would leave TPC Sawgrass just like he did a month ago at Augusta National, wondering why the Sunday demons continue to haunt him in golf's biggest events.

A few minutes later, Allenby suffered a fate that was more cruel. His 9-iron off the tee was beautifully struck, and when the ball was in the air, Allenby figured it would land a foot or so from the pin for a tap-in birdie. At 15 under at the time, he sensed that this was the shot that would give him a share of the lead. "I thought it was just perfect," he said.

But the ball checked up quicker than he anticipated. Still, he was left with an 11-foot putt for birdie to tie. With the par-4 18th playing as the hardest hole on the course this week, Allenby knew this was his best chance to birdie and force a playoff.

Golf gods show up in the most mysterious places, though. For Allenby, it was a spike mark just on the edge of the cup. His putt was on line, the ball heading to the hole, when it reached the spike mark ... and actually backed up an inch or two. Imagine the horror? Allenby was actually living it.

"That was a bit rude," he said, drawing laughter from his pain. "Obviously, the golfing gods were with Tim today. I can accept that."

Not that it wasn't hard to swallow for the Australian.

While much has been made of Clark's 0-for-205 streak before Sunday, Allenby's winless streak on the PGA TOUR has been even longer -- 223 starts since his 2001 win at the Marconi Pennsylvania Classic. Is tasting success and then not getting another sip of it for nine years worse than having not tasted it at all?

For Allenby, it is.

His next win, though, is not about ending streaks. It's about a dedication to his mother Sylvia, who died in January, 2009, of lung and kidney cancer.

Allenby wore pink on Sunday in her memory. On Mother's Day, a victory from a loving son to his deceased mother would have put all of TPC Sawgrass in tears. Allenby himself has a hard time discussing it whenever asked. He usually has to steady himself and choke back the emotions.

"Obviously, it's tough," he said. "It's just one of those things ... well, that's why I wear the pink shirt."

Allenby did all he could do, played his best, had nothing left to give and nothing to be ashamed of. He came within a spike mark from forcing a playoff. His mom would be proud.

In the battle of the long-sufferers, though, the day belonged to Clark. He made the putt that counted, hit the biggest shots, had the lowest round. He had the golf gods looking out for him. And he had the nice advantage of playing a few groups ahead of the last one.

At THE PLAYERS, that seems to make a huge difference, not only in handling the nerves but also in the condition of the course. With each passing minute, TPC Sawgrass gets tougher. Had Allenby been playing 30 minutes earlier, for instance, perhaps that spike mark in front of the cup at 17 isn't even there.

"Probably a blessing that I wasn't in one of the last groups," Clark acknowledged.

In the end, though, perhaps this was nothing more than Clark being due. He's shown in match-play competition that he's as gritty and feisty as they come. He beat Tiger Woods last year at Dove Mountain. He was arguably Norman's best player at Harding Park last fall. He doesn't back down.

And on Sunday, he played like a champion, stayed within himself and handled the pressure by putting it in the appropriate context.

"He looked like he was playing out there on Tuesday," said playing partner Charley Hoffman, "Didn't look like a Sunday PLAYERS Championship round, for sure."

Big performances on Tuesday get you nothing on the PGA TOUR, though. It's the big performances on Sunday that can change lives and change perceptions. After 206 starts, Tim Clark finally gets to realize what it means.

Link To article:  http://www.pgatour.com/2010/tournaments/r011/05/09/mcallister-column-tim-clark/

COMMENTS

Name

2009 season golf highlights,1,2010 masters highlights,1,2010 us masters,2,2010 witb Ian Poulter,1,2013 funny,674,2013 Video,1029,2014 Volvo Golf Champions Betting Tips and Expert Picks,1,2024 Masters,1,3 irish open tips,1,3 irish open; spindoctor,2,430 metre par 3,1,accenture match play 2010 tips,1,Acushnet,1,Alvaro Quiros,1,Alvaro Quiros - konica minolta biz hub swing vision,1,Amendoeira Review,1,anders hansen witb,1,Andy Campbell,1,andy roberts,1,angel cabrera witb,1,anthony hopkins talks about the USPGA on Sky HD,1,anthony kim,1,Anthony Kim witb,1,Anthony Wall,1,Appleby,1,april fools golf,1,aqua-man,1,Arnold Palmer Invitaional and Andalucia Open Betting Tips,1,augusta,4,avantha masters 2010 final round highlights,1,avantha masters betting tips,1,baddeley,1,Ballantine's Championship Final Round Results,1,ballinrobe golf club,2,baltray,2,barack obama pic funny,1,ben curtis witb,1,Ben hogan,1,ben hogan full dvd torrent,6,Best golf tips,1,best golf torrents,6,bet,423,bet your balls,5,betfair,1,betfair ballentine's championship 2010 golf betting tips,1,betfair golf tips,1,betfair verizon heritage betting tips,1,betting,8,Betting Tips,62,bloggy underfoot the spindoctor's view,2,bmw international open tips,1,BMW PGA Championship 2010,1,BMW PGA Championship Tips,1,Bob Hope Classic Final Round Highlights 2010,1,Bob Menery,1,boo,2,boylesports golf tips,5,brent graham,1,british open 2010 qualifying,1,british open tips,1,Byron Nelson Tips,1,cabrera,1,Camillo Villegas,1,Camillo Villegas witb,1,Camilo Villegas Spiderman,1,canadian open,1,Castano,1,Castleknock Review,1,catalunya,1,cheap green fees,1,china open,1,Chris Wood witb,1,chuck couch,1,classic,2,cleveland niblick review,1,colonial betting tips,1,Course Review,7,crystal swing,1,Daniel Gendreau,1,danny willett,1,darren clarke,2,Darren Clarke and Lee Westwood Golf Clinic Video,1,darren clarke porsche,1,darren clarke taylormade setanta ryder cup oceanico faldo dc60 golf irish open,1,darren clarke what's in the bag,1,darren clarke witb,1,David Glynn,1,davis,1,day 4 highlights,1,dc60,1,derek murray,4,Dizzee Rascal,1,Donal Hughes,58,Donal+Hughes,23,Doonbeg,1,Dr,1,Dr and the Medic,11,draft kings,1,draft kngs,1,driving tips,4,dubai desert classic 2010,1,dubai desert classic betting preview,1,dubai world championship preview,1,Duelling Drivers,1,dustin,1,Dustin Johnson,3,each way betting,1,Each Way Golf Betting Picks,1,Eamonn Kenneally,1,edfors,1,equipment,10,Estes,1,Estoril Open Betting,2,european open betting tips,1,european Tour,1,european tour golf,2,European Tour golf betting tips,1,european tour golf tips,7,european tour highlights,1,european tour live scoring,1,european tour odds,1,European Tour: 2010 Abu Dhabi golf championship final round highlights,1,fail,1,faldo,1,film,1,final round,1,final round highlights,4,fitness,1,floyd,1,Footjoy,1,footjoy icons,1,foregolf,4,foregolf.ie,3,Forsyth,1,Fred Couples witb 2010,1,Free Golf,3,free setanta sports quiz,3,funny,829,Funny golf ad,7,funny golf news,1,funny golf pic,1,funny golf video,1,Funny pic,1,funny.,1,Fuuny,1,game improvement tip,3,gareth maybin,2,garia,1,Gary Boyd,1,Genesis Open,1,Genzon course review,1,golf,2,Golf Betting,19,Golf betting predictions,1,golf betting strategy,1,golf betting tips,12,golf central,1,golf channel,1,golf digest,1,Golf Funny,26,golf glider,1,Golf Humour,29,golf ireland,1,golf live event,1,Golf Morocco,1,golf odds,2,Golf Personality,14,golf predictions,5,golf shaft stiffness scale,1,Golf Tips,12,Golf Vacations Ireland,1,Golf+Funny,12,Golf+Humour,14,golfcentral daily facebook,2,golfcentraldaily,5,golfcentraldaily.com,1,Golfing Legend,3,graeme mcdowell witb,1,Happy Gilmore,1,harrington suit,1,Harrington Vs McIlroy,2,he drinks tequila,1,HIdeki,1,highlights,1,hoch,1,Hogan's 5 lessons,1,holly sonders,2,hot equipment,5,How it's made,3,humour,6,Ian poulter barclays singapore open,1,Ian Poulter Fun,1,ian poulter video,1,In the bag,10,Ireland,3,Irish amateur golf,1,Irish Examiner,52,irish examiner golf,1,irish examiner golf spindoctor,1,irish open,1,Irish senior's open 2010,1,Jack Nicklaus,1,Jack Nicklaus Video,1,JB Carr,1,Jim Nantz,1,Jimenezd,1,jimmy kimmel,1,joburg Open tips,1,Joe Carr,1,John Daly,1,John Patrick Daly,1,Johnny O'Shea,1,Jon Rahm,3,Jose Manuel Lara,1,K C,1,k club,2,K Club Ryder Cup Memories,1,K Club Smurfit Course Review,2,Kelan MacDonagh,1,kenny perry,2,kenny perry witb,1,kevin phelan,1,Killeen Castle,3,Killeen Castle Fourball Voucher,2,langer,1,lee valley betting preview,1,Lee Valley Scratch Cup,1,lee westwood witb,1,Legends Golf Resort,1,Lesson,2,letter to shane lowry,1,LIV Golf,2,Lorena ochoa,1,lough erne course review,2,Lough Erne Golf Resort,3,Louis Copeland,1,louis oosthuizen witb,1,Luke Donald,1,Luke Donald witb,1,madrid masters tips,1,make the putt bra,1,marcus fraser,1,mark brown,1,Markus Brier,1,Martin Greeves,1,Martin Kaymer,1,masters,9,Masters Champion,3,Masters Immelman,1,Masters of Their Universe,1,masters weather,1,matteo manassero,1,mcginley,1,mcgrane,1,memorial tips,1,mikael lundeberg,1,mizuno,1,monty,2,monty moobs,1,munster,1,must have golf gear,1,Natalie Gulbis Stretching,1,new nike tiger woods commercial with father,1,Niall Gorey_Irish Amateur witb 2010,1,nick watney witb,1,Nike,2,nike SQ Dymo2 str8-Fit Driver,1,nike tiger father,1,norman,1,northern trust open 2010 final round highlights,1,Oceanico Faldo Course,1,Oceanico O'Connor Course,1,Oceanico portugal golf holiday,1,Oceanico Review,1,olazabal,1,on the tour truck,9,open de espana,1,pablo martin,1,paddypower golf tips,5,Padraig Harrington,5,Padraig Harrington 2010 Masters Interview,1,Padraig Harrington Equipment Wilson Staff,1,Parody,115,Patrick Reed,1,Paul Cutler,1,Paul Dunne,1,Pebble Beach Pro Am 2010,1,pelz,1,pga,1,pga championship,1,pga show demo day,2,pga show demo day rory mcilroy donal hughes mike dobbyn irish examiner spindoctor,1,PGA Tou,1,PGA tour betting,3,pga tour highlights 2010,3,Phil Bonham,2,phil mickelson,1,Phil Mickelson vid,1,Phil Mickelson witb,1,Phoenix Open 2010,1,Platinum One,1,Portugal Masters Betting Tips,1,postmortem,1,poulter,1,premier-licensing,1,president's cup,1,Press conference,1,Pro V1,1,Pro V1x,1,prointhebag,1,qatar Masters 2010,1,Qatar Masters Golf 2010 betting tips,1,quail hollow,3,quail hollow betting tips 2010,1,R9 Driver,2,rbc heritage,1,retire,1,rex hoggard,1,Richard Green,1,richie ramsey controversial,1,Rick Veitch,2,ricky barnes funny,1,Rob Hogan,1,Robin Williams Golf Pure Comedy Gold,1,robocup,1,roe,1,ron sirak,1,rory leonard what's in the bag,1,rory leonard witb,1,Rory McIlroy,7,Rory McIlroy Konica Minolta Slow Mo Swing Vision,1,rory mcilroy witb,4,ross fisher witb,1,Rules of golf quiz,2,Ryder Cup,9,ryder cup team selection,2,Santa Sack Golf Christmas Present Ideas Donal Hughes Spindoctor Irish Examiner,1,satire,160,Seam Barry,1,secrets of the short game torrent,5,secrets of the short game torrent download,4,sergio,3,sergio garcia,2,sergio garcia witb,3,setanta golf,4,Seve,1,shaft skinz,2,Shane Lowry,4,Shell Houston Open,2,shell houston open 2010 final round highlights,1,shell houston open 2010 prediction,1,Shell Houston Open Betting,1,shingo,1,simon cowell on golf,1,simon dyson witb,1,skinz,1,sky sports golf,1,Solheim Cup,1,south africa,2,speedgolf,1,Spindoctor,29,Sppedgolf,1,srixon z star ball review,1,st jude classic tips,1,stack and tilt,1,stats,1,Stephen Riley,1,Stewart Cink witb,1,Storm,1,str8-fit driver,1,Stricker,1,stuart appleby witb,1,stunt,1,sungjae Im WITB,1,tailored shorts,3,the adare manor golf challenge,1,The Duel On the Lough,1,The Lough Erne Challenge,1,the masters,4,the open,1,The players championship,1,tiger,2,Tiger attack,1,tiger rubik cube,1,tiger vanity fair,1,Tiger Woods,16,Tiger Woods Bethpage 2002,1,Tiger Woods Caddyshack Video,1,tiger woods dvd torrent downlaod,8,tiger woods instruction dvd torrent,7,tiger woods isleworth espn interview with Tom Ronaldi March 21st 2010,1,tiger woods plate collection,1,tiger woods song,1,tiger woods spotted sex addiction clinic hattiesburg mississippi,1,tiger woods what's in the bag,1,tiger woods wii torrent,8,tiger woods wins british open,1,Tiger Woods witb,2,time to golf,1,Titleist,2,tom watson clinic,1,tommy fleetwood,1,tony q'aja,1,Top european tour tipster,1,Tour Truck,2,tour warp,1,tpi fitness,2,training aid,1,travelers championship tips,1,trevor immelman,2,Uro Club,1,us master betting results,1,us masters,2,US Masters 2010,2,US Masters 2010 Betting Preview,1,us masters 2010 green jacket awards,1,US masters betting post mortem,1,US Masters Golf 2010 Betting Tips,1,us open,6,us open blog,2,US PGA Champion 2010,1,us pga tour,1,us tour betting tips,2,uspga tour tips,2,Valderrama,1,valero texas open 2010 betting tips,1,valero texas open tips,1,verizon heritage,1,Video,1033,videom funny,1,Vijay,1,Vijay and Boo Ad,1,Vilamoura Golf,1,wales open tips,1,wayne o'callaghan golf,6,wayne's world of fitness,9,weird golf news,1,wells fargo,1,west of ireland golf 2010,1,westwood,1,westwood suit,1,wgc ca championship 2010 tips,1,what,2,what's in angel cabrera's bag,1,What's In Fred Couples Bag 2010,1,what's in lee westwood's bag,1,what's in peter lawrie's bag,1,what's in ross fisher's bag,1,what's in simon dyson's bag,1,what's in the bag,336,what's in the bag 2010 Charl Schwartzel,1,what's in the bag 2010 Cian Curley,1,What's In the Bag 2010 Fred Couples,1,what's in the bag 2010 Louis Oosthuizen,1,what's in the bag 2010 Matteo Manassero,1,what's in the bag 2010 Rhys Davies,1,What’s In The Bag 2010 Rickie Fowler,1,what's in the bag 2010 Y.E. Yang,1,what's in the bag angel cabrera,1,What's in the bag ernie els,1,what's in the bag Justin Rose,1,what's in the bag Kenny Perry,1,what's in the bag nick dougherty,1,what's in the bag Patrick Reed,1,what's in the bag Rory McIlory,4,what's in the bag ross fisher,1,what's in the bag simon dyson,1,what's in the bag stuart appleby,1,what's in the bag Tiger Woods,3,what'sin the bag,1,whats in the bag,61,winter golf special offers,1,witb,406,witb 2010 Ross Fisher,1,witb edoardo molinari 2010,1,witb Francesco Molinari 2010,1,witb Jim Furyk 2010,1,witb matt kuchar 2010,1,witb Peter Lawrie 2010,1,witb rory mcilroy 2010,1,witb rory mcilroy 2012,1,Women's British Open Awards,1,woody austin,1,Y.E. Yang,2,Yang's Hybrid,1,
ltr
item
GolfCentralDaily | Golf Parody Fun Gossip Jokes Betting Tips: Tiny Tim Beats Big Boys At Players
Tiny Tim Beats Big Boys At Players
http://lh5.ggpht.com/_K5YBwW8ZZgY/S-ew0Kj9sII/AAAAAAAACUg/nD-_b70qXqQ/tim%20clark%20players%202010_thumb%5B1%5D.jpg?imgmax=800
http://lh5.ggpht.com/_K5YBwW8ZZgY/S-ew0Kj9sII/AAAAAAAACUg/nD-_b70qXqQ/s72-c/tim%20clark%20players%202010_thumb%5B1%5D.jpg?imgmax=800
GolfCentralDaily | Golf Parody Fun Gossip Jokes Betting Tips
https://www.golfcentraldaily.com/2010/05/tiny-tim-beats-big-boys-at-players.html
https://www.golfcentraldaily.com/
https://www.golfcentraldaily.com/
https://www.golfcentraldaily.com/2010/05/tiny-tim-beats-big-boys-at-players.html
true
7321519672776175452
UTF-8
Loaded All Posts Not found any posts VIEW ALL Readmore Reply Cancel reply Delete By Home PAGES POSTS View All RECOMMENDED FOR YOU LABEL ARCHIVE SEARCH ALL POSTS Not found any post match with your request Back Home Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat January February March April May June July August September October November December Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec just now 1 minute ago $$1$$ minutes ago 1 hour ago $$1$$ hours ago Yesterday $$1$$ days ago $$1$$ weeks ago more than 5 weeks ago Followers Follow THIS PREMIUM CONTENT IS LOCKED STEP 1: Share to a social network STEP 2: Click the link on your social network Copy All Code Select All Code All codes were copied to your clipboard Can not copy the codes / texts, please press [CTRL]+[C] (or CMD+C with Mac) to copy Table of Content