Clark's big finish secures Canadian Open
BY Bruce Young | US PGA Tour | 2014 RBC Canadian Open | Wrap | 28 Jul 2014
Tim Clark has overcome a poor 2014 season to date with a storming finish to win the RBC Canadian open at Royal Montreal, winning his 3rd PGA Tour title in the process and his first since the 2010 Players Championship.
A prolific producer of runner-up finishes prior to his breakthrough victory at the Players Championship Clark has earned more than US$22.5 million since first joining the PGA Tour in 2002 which has him in 32nd position of the all-time money winners but he has often been the bridesmaid.
Today however he produced a magnificent final nine holes to catch and pass the in form two time winner of the Canadian Open, Furyk, who has been twice runner-up this season and just last week finished 4th at the Open Championship.
Clark has battled injury and surgery issues for much of his career but on the right style of golf course he has shown himself to be a fine player where his accurate game and deadly putting can cause havoc. His putting was certainly the key today with just 22 putts for the round and a back nine of just 30 shots.
“Nothing much was happening the front side but luckily I was still in touch there,” he told PGA Tour radio. "You dream of finishes like that and the hole was starting to look very big.
“It’s been a long time since I last one – a good for years and there have been a few injuries so this means a lot winning this event.”
Even this year he has still controlling issues to do with an old elbow injury. “I started to feel my elbow really, and soon after that I had the cortisone shot, and it took a couple months for me to get really back into it. That’s frustrating because I had just missed a year three years ago with elbow surgery.
“But I wouldn’t say there’s any player out here that’s not playing hurt at some point in time, so it’s one of those things you’ve got to buckle down and play through it, and it’s just nice to finally see the results."
Currently outside the top fifty in the world, Clark will now move inside the top 75 and has gained a start at both the WGC event this coming week and the Masters in 2015.
Furyk was brave in defeat and at the age of 44 just seems to be getting better. There have been no victories this season but he has recorded eight top tens and three of those runner-up finishes and today takes his earnings beyond US$4 million for the year to date.
There was a three shot gap back to Justin Hicks with ever present, Matt Kuchar, Michael Putnam and Gonzalo Fernandez Castano and next in a share of 4th.
Robert Allenby finished as the leading Australian in 20th position.
The PGA Tour splits next week with those eligible playing the WGC Bridgestone event in Ohio and the rest playing the Barracuda Championship in Reno.