Tim Clark came from seemingly out of nowhere to capture the 2010 Players Championship crown after carding a 5-under round of 67 on Sunday for a one-shot victory over Robert Allenby.
Clark navigated his way through the difficult TPC Sawgrass without a bogey on the card Sunday. In fact the played his final 26 holes with no bogeys.
“I did all I could there,” said Clark after the completion of his round on Sunday. “That’s as good as I could have played.”
Clark made a 6-foot par putt on the 72nd hole to take a two-shot advantage to the club house. Allenby came within a shot of winning the biggest tournament of his career.
It is Clark’s first career PGA Tour victory, after coming so close many times throughout his career.
Another large storyline developed before the leaders teed off, as Tiger Woods withdrew on the seventh holes citing a neck injury. Woods began the day 10 shots off of the lead held by Lee Westwood overnight.
Phil Mickelson would have become the No.1 ranked player if he had won, but carded a round of 74 on the day to shoot himself out of contention.
“The course conditions were very difficult It was exactly what I needed to be able to try to make a run at the leaders,” Mickelson remarked in a post-round interview. “Unfortunately, I didn’t take advantage of it.”
Clark played the best of anyone on the weekend, shooting rounds of 66-67, recording just one bogey, a cornerstone to the golfer’s achievement this week.
Clark finished with a 16-under total, 272 and receives a winner’s check of $1.71 million.
Reigning U.S Open Champion Lucas Glover shot an astounding 31 on the back-nine to finish two shot behind Clark.
Westwood failed to close for the second time, as he was in a similar situation last month at the Masters.
“I just didn’t play well enough today,” Westwood said after his round.
Westwood finished at 12-under and four shots behind Clark.
Clark becomes only the second player to have the Players Championship his first career PGA Tour win.
“You wouldn’t find one guy in the locker room that wouldn’t say he was going to win soon, and he deserves it,” Glover said after the round.
Entering the week, Clark was no where on the radar on Online Sportsbooks to capture the Players Championship title, as Westwood was the betting favorite entering Sunday.