Residence: Scottsdale, Arizona
Tim took up golf at the age of 3 and was taught to play by his father and recorded his first hole-in-one when he was just 8 years old. He has a clear affinity with Durban Country Club; he was born and raised close to the course and won 3 successive Natal Junior titles there before lifting the South African Airways Open title in both 2002 and 2005.
He attended North Carolina State University in the United States, where he had a successful college career. He won the 1997 Public Links Championship to qualify for his first PGA Tour event, which was the 1998 Masters Tournament at The Augusta National. Clark turned professional later in 1998, and initially played on the Nationwide Tour where he won 2 tournaments in 2000 to earn his card for the PGA Tour for 2001.
His 2001 season was cut short by a wrist injury after just 3 events. He made his comeback in 2002, and took advantage of a major medical exemption enabling him to enter enough events to comfortably regain full exemption for the PGA Tour in 2003.
Meanwhile on the European Tour he won the 2002 South African Airways Open, to secure his first win as a professional. This success saw him create tournament history by becoming the first player to come through the pre-qualifying tournament before going on to triumph in the main event.
He continues to split his time between the European Tour and the PGA Tour but has enjoyed more success in Europe, adding another South African Airways Open to his CV in 2005 along with the Barclay’s Scottish Open in the same year. He has not yet won a tournament on the PGA Tour, but he has performed consistently, and has a trio of top-3 finishes at major championships. He holed out from a greenside bunker on the 72nd hole to finish alone in 2nd in the 2006 Masters Tournament, his best finish in a Major Championship, 2 strokes behind Champion Phil Mickelson.
He donated his first-place share of approximately $20,000 at the November 2005 Nelson Mandela Invitational to a deaf girl from the Carel du Toit School for the Hearing Impaired in Tygerberg, South Africa who needed implant surgery. "It put into perspective what life is all about - and it's not about all those putts I'm able to put away or miss at the crucial stages of an event, but life in general," Clark said.
2008 has been a disappointing year for Tim. His best finish came in May when a final round 66 was not quite enough to secure a victory at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. The season started extremely slowly with Clark failing to make a Cut until the end of February, and not securing a top-10 until his 2nd place at the Crowne Invitational towards the end of May.
Tim Clark Club History
Below is a selection of clubs used by Tim Clark throughout his career
Tim Clark Tournament History
2008 Australian Masters
27-30 November 2008 - Sportsbet Australian Masters - Huntingdale GC. Rod Pampling won the Sportsbet Australian Masters after edging out Marcus Fraser at the third play-off hole. The two Australians finished locked at the top of the final round leader board on 12 under par. Fraser carded a brilliant final round seven under par 65, which included just one bogey, while Pampling signed for a fourth round 65 despite having birdie chances at closing 3 holes of his round which would have sealed the win. A the 3rd play-off hole, Pampling put the pressure on his opponent after getting to within a foot, but Fraser secured the win after converting from ten feet.
In Tim Clark's bag...A final round 67 saw Tim jump from 21st place to a tie for 4th. A 76 in the 3rd round put pay to Tim’s title challenge.
At last...some great photos from the Australian masters. We can clearly see the mix array of clubs that Tim was using this week. Although he has a Srixon bag, Tim had a diverse selection of Manufactures in his bag. He started off with a Taylor Made r7 Limited driver. He continued with Taylor Made with a Rescue Dual TP. His irons matched his bag and were Srixon I-404 Tour version. He carried a pair of Cleveland CG14 wedges.
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