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Tim Clark

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (42) / 12/17/1975
Ht / Wt:  5'7" / 165

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World No. 1904 Tim Clark has opted to use his top-50 career earnings exemption for the 2017-18 season instead of a Major Medical Extension.
The 41-year-old, who celebrates his birthday on Dec. 17th, has not teed it up since a MC at the 2016 CareerBuilder 99 weeks ago. That was one of only seven starts in the 2015-16 season, having also missed 22 weeks during the 2014-15 season due to a left elbow injury. The NC State product is a two-time TOUR winner in 309 career events, claiming the 2010 PLAYERS and the 2014 RBC Canadian Open. Since the RBC, 176 weeks ago, he's made only 25 starts, logging one top-10 finish. It's unclear as of press time when the South African will actually return to action. Wed, Dec 13, 2017 02:44:00 PM

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Tim Clark played just seven events during the 2015-16 campaign, and will enter 2017 with a Major Medical Extension in his back pocket.

The South African battled through an elbow injury during the 2014-15 season but still managed to make the FedExCup Playoffs despite playing just 12 regular season events. Injuries limited him to just seven starts last season, which gives him 19 starts to earn 368 FedExCup points or $607,529 in order to meet the terms of his Major Medical. That's not an easy assignment for a golfer returning from injury but if Clark played to his career average earnings per event, he would meet the terms after just eight starts. Clark hasn't teed it up since a missed cut at the CareerBuilder Challenge and there is no published timetable for his return. Giving his likelihood to fulfill the terms of his MME upon return, he makes for a solid sleeper in season-long formats, but is still a risky option given the lack of chatter on his return date.
Mon, Dec 19, 2016 10:25:00 AM

Tim Clark plays his seventh Sony Open in Hawaii but first in adherence with the PGA TOUR's ban on the anchored putting stroke.

The South African missed 22 weeks last season with injury but still made the FedExCup Playoffs eventually finishing 121st in the FEC standings on just 13 events. He's 1-for-5 thus far in 2015-16 cashing a T34 at the OHL Classic. The 40-year-old boasts two runner-up finishes at the Sony in six prior visits (2013, 2011) with five made cuts and one mid-tourney WD (2014). He faded to a T30 last year on rounds of 65-65-68-74, where he was T5 after 54 holes. This will be Clark's first tourney without the anchored putting stroke, a method he implemented 18 years ago.
Tue, Jan 12, 2016 01:01:00 PM

Tim Clark failed to make a good impression during the fall portion of the 2015-16 schedule.

The South African was playing his last events before the anchored-putter ban goes into effect in January. Perhaps the transition phase was throwing off his entire game, because the 1-for-5 record during the fall is very unlike him. Clark has never finished a season with more cuts missed than made, so gamers should look to buy low while they still can.
Sat, Dec 19, 2015 07:40:00 PM

Tim Clark checks into Sea Island Resort for his second RSM Classic.

Clark missed 22 weeks last season with a left elbow injury but made the FedExCup Playoffs despite just 12 starts, primarily due to a P2 at the WGC-HSBC Champions. Upon his return from injury, he understandably missed five of seven cuts and exited in the first round after a MC at The Barclays. The 39-year-old opened 2015-16 with three more MCs before cashing a T34 at last week's OHL Classic, opening in 69-69-67 before fading to a 1-over 72. Interesting note is the South African has logged at least one runner-up finish on TOUR in each of the last 13 seasons, including a T2 here in 2014, where he closed in 8-under 62.
Tue, Nov 17, 2015 07:57:00 PM

Tim Clark preps for life without the long putter ahead of this week's Shriners Hospital for Children Open.

The South African has major adjustments to make this season as the anchored putter ban takes hold at the start of the 2016 calendar year. Clark battled through an injury-riddled season last year to collect eight paychecks in 13 starts. The career strike-rate is still in the top tier, but gamers can hold off on investing as his best finish at TPC Summerlin is a T27 and the upcoming rule change has to be weighing heavily on his mind.
Wed, Oct 21, 2015 08:13:00 PM

Tim Clark descends upon Plainfield Country Club in Edison, New Jersey, for The Barclays and the beginning of his eighth FedExCup Playoffs.

Clark ranked 117th in the FEC standings entering last week's Wyndham, posting a T43 to drop to 120th, but it was enough. Seeing how he was out for 22 weeks with a left elbow injury --between mid-January and late-June-- it's remarkable that he's made the postseason at all, having made just 12 starts on the season. In those 12 events, he averaged 40 FedExCup points, collecting 315 with a P2 at the WGC-HSBC back in November. His next highest deposit (in a full-field event), was 38 points for a T30 at the Sony in January, his last tournament pre-injury. Since his return to action at the Travelers in late-June, Clark has posted: CUT-CUT-T63-CUT-CUT-T43. This is his eighth appearance in the Playoffs, missing the 2011 edition (Plainfield) due to an injury-shortened campaign (four starts). He's 4-for-7 in total at The Barclays with one top 10 coming in 2012 at Bethpage State Park (T10). The 39-year-old missed the cut in 2013 (by seven) and withdrew after a first-round, 5-over-par 76 last year.
Tue, Aug 25, 2015 07:23:00 PM

Tim Clark hung up a 4-under-par 35-31=66 in today's opening round of the Wyndham Championship.

If you ever wondered the value of a playoff loss in a World Golf Championships event, Clark offers a fair example. It seems like ages ago that he was clipped by Bubba Watson in China at the HSBC Champions, but the South African has been buoyed by the 315 FedExCup points the P2 yielded. He's currently 117th in the ranking (with 454 points) and in virtually no danger of not cracking the field of next week's Barclays. Of course, today's round all but eliminates whatever fraction of a chance he wouldn't remain inside the bubble. Clark missed only two greens in regulation and circled five birdies, including respective rolls from 17'3" and 14'2" at the 13th and seventh holes. This is his lowest aggregate since a second-round 65 at Waialae in mid-January, which was his last start before sitting out five months due to the injury in his left elbow.
Thu, Aug 20, 2015 12:07:00 PM

Tim Clark has elected not to compete in this week's Quicken Loans National.

He tied for 63rd in his title defense of last week's RBC Canadian Open, albeit on a different track. The good news is that it was his first payday since the Sony Open in January. Clark is 107th in the FedExCup standings, so he's a virtual lock for the Playoffs. He's already fully exempt through next season.
Tue, Jul 28, 2015 12:08:00 PM

Tim Clark opened his title defense of the RBC Canadian Open with an even-par 37-35=72.

Back in action after the flap over his visa to travel to Scotland prevented it, Clark split half of the 14 fairways at Glen Abbey today, which is just below average on the tight track, but he hit only 11 greens in regulation. Yet, the South African limited the damage to a lone bogey at the par-4 eighth, the penultimate of his round. He connected for only one birdie, however, that a roll from 16'8" at the par-4 fifth. Clark is six shots off the clubhouse lead. It's relevant to point out that he emerged victorious at Royal Montreal Golf Club last year, and that today's loop of Glen Abbey was his first in competition.
Thu, Jul 23, 2015 01:02:00 PM

Tim Clark hoisted his second career PGA TOUR trophy at last year's RBC Canadian Open and returns for a chance at defending his title.

The South African stormed the back nine Sunday on his way to a one-shot victory over Jim Furyk. Unfortunately, Clark is making just his third start this week since returning from an elbow injury. In addition, he will be making his debut at this week's host course, Glen Abbey Golf Club. The upside is always there for Clark, but the bad outweighs the good this week and it's best to play the wait-and-see game until he shows post-injury signs of form.
Tue, Jul 21, 2015 10:54:00 PM

As anticipated, Tim Clark has withdrawn from this week's Open Championship.

He was concerned that he wouldn't get a visa in time to make the trip, so this is presumably what happened. It's a damn shame, too, since he started the process with the R&A seemingly several weeks ago. Instead, the South African will get an unplanned week off. You really have to feel for the guy since the anchoring ban on Jan. 1, 2016, is impacting most negatively as compared to his peers. Now this, even though he qualified on merit for the season's third major. UPDATE: Clark was quoted in an update at "I did get an email from Peter Dawson (chief executive of The R&A), so obviously he tried to sort me out. But in the end, the best I was going to do was a flight Tuesday that would get me there Wednesday and in the end I just didn’t think I’d be ready to play. But I’ve emailed Peter back. I know they did try to help."
Sun, Jul 12, 2015 03:29:00 PM

Although exempt into next week's Open Championship, Tim Clark isn't optimistic that he'll be able to compete due to a delay in obtaining a visa.

The short story is that Clark's request for assistance from the R&A weeks ago was ignored until he qualified for the tournament on July 1. Sensitive laws regarding international travel may prevent him from getting clearance to get to St. Andrews in Scotland in time for the opening round on July 16. "They were able to keep women out of their club for 200 years," Clark quipped, "but they can’t help one guy get into their tournament." If it's of any solace to his owners, the South African is just 3-for-9 with just one top 40 in the season's third major. His best finish happened to occur at St. Andrews in 2005, but he was on a tear that summer and finished with 16 top 25s in 26 starts that season. Clark is slated to go off the first tee at TPC Deere Run at 7:40 a.m. on Thursday.
Wed, Jul 8, 2015 10:59:00 PM

Tim Clark recorded an even-par 36-34=70 in today's opening round of the Travelers Championship.

Today marked Clark's first live round since the finale of the Sony Open in Hawaii on Jan. 18. He's been out with soreness to his left elbow. Today, he split eight (of 14) fairways and hit 11 greens in regulation en route to three birdies against three bogeys. The only mildly impressive fact is that he's not over par. Don't rule out the South African to take it deep at TPC River Highlands despite the competitive rust. It's a course that he can still tackle because it stretches only 6,841 yards.
Thu, Jun 25, 2015 06:54:00 PM

Tim Clark is slated to return to competition at next week's Travelers Championship.

Clark has not pegged it anywhere since the Sony Open in Hawaii in mid-January. From a status standpoint, he hasn't needed to since he's fully exempt through 2015-16, but he's also still clinging to 90th in the FedExCup standings, a ranking fueled by his playoff loss at the WGC-HSBC Champions in November. In fact, the South African has a consecutive paydays streak of seven running. Full-season gamers will appreciate his urge to get back, but weekly leaguers are advised to give him time to shed the competitive rust.
Sat, Jun 20, 2015 01:58:00 AM