Tim Clark (golfer)

Tim Clark
Personal information
Full name Timothy Henry Clark
Nickname Penguin[1]
Born (1975-12-17) 17 December 1975
Durban, South Africa
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Weight 165 lb (75 kg; 11.8 st)
Nationality  South Africa
Residence Scottsdale, Arizona, U.S.
College North Carolina State University
Turned professional 1998
Current tour(s) PGA Tour
Sunshine Tour
Former tour(s) European Tour
Professional wins 14
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 2
European Tour 3
Sunshine Tour 2
PGA Tour of Australasia 1
Web.com Tour 2
Other 6
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament 2nd: 2006
U.S. Open T3: 2005
The Open Championship T23: 2005
PGA Championship 3rd: 2003
Achievements and awards
Sunshine Tour
Order of Merit

Timothy Henry Clark (born 17 December 1975) is a South African professional golfer who currently plays on the PGA Tour. His biggest win to date is The Players Championship in 2010, which was also his first PGA Tour win.

Clark was born in Durban, South Africa. He took up golf at the age of three and was taught to play by his father. He attended North Carolina State University in the United States, where he had a successful college golf career, winning ACC Player of the Year in 1997. During this time he won the 1997 U.S. Amateur Public Links to qualify for his first major, the 1998 Masters Tournament.[2]

He turned professional later in 1998, and initially played on the second tier U.S. professional tour, which was then known as the Nike Tour, where he won two tournaments in 2000 to gain membership of the main PGA Tour for 2001. His 2001 campaign was cut short by a wrist injury after just three events. He made a comeback in 2002, and had the benefit of a major medical exemption which enabled him to enter enough events to comfortably regain full exemption for 2003. He captured his first PGA Tour victory at the 2010 Players Championship, becoming only the second golfer to make the Players his first Tour victory. He has had three European Tour victories. He finished sole second at the 2006 Masters Tournament and sole or tied third at the 2003 PGA Championship and the 2005 U.S. Open.

Clark was a member of the International Team, captained by fellow South African Gary Player in two of three appearances, in the 2003, 2005 and 2009 Presidents Cup. Player dubbed him the team's "bull dog" in reference to his dogged determination and refusal to give in or let go. In 2005 he reached the top 20 of the Official World Golf Rankings for the first time. He won the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit in the 2001/02 season. He has played Gary Player's annual charity event in South Africa to help raise funds for needy children and personally paid for a little girl's cochlear ear implant so that she could hear after winning the event in 2005. In Australia for a three-tournament swing, he won the 2008 Australian Open in a playoff with Mathew Goggin when they were both tied at 9-under-par. Neither seemed to have a chance with four holes to play when David Smail led at 12-under only to double-bogey the next two holes.[3]

In May 2009, Clark nearly had his first PGA Tour victory in hand at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, but he bogeyed the 18th hole to force a playoff. On the first hole of that playoff, he missed a 7-footer which would have given him the victory. Then, on the second playoff hole, he and Steve Marino lost to Steve Stricker. In May 2010, Clark picked up his first PGA Tour title in his 206th start, after eight runner-up finishes, at the 2010 Players Championship. Clark came from three behind with a final round 67 to win by a stroke over Robert Allenby.[1]

On 11 August 2013, in the final round of the PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club, Clark made a hole-in-one on the 220 yard, par-3 11th hole. On 27 July 2014, Clark won the RBC Canadian Open, finishing one stroke ahead of Jim Furyk. This was his second PGA Tour title and first victory in more than four years. He birdied five out of the last eight holes to come from three strokes back in the final round. The win moved Clark back inside the world's top 100.[4]

Professional wins (14)

PGA Tour wins (2)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
1 9 May 2010 The Players Championship −16 (68-71-66-67=272) 1 stroke Australia Robert Allenby
2 27 Jul 2014 RBC Canadian Open −17 (67-67-64-65=263) 1 stroke United States Jim Furyk

PGA Tour playoff record (0–2)

1 2009 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial United States Steve Marino, United States Steve Stricker Stricker won with birdie on second extra hole
2 2014 WGC-HSBC Champions United States Bubba Watson Lost to birdie on first extra hole

European Tour wins (3)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
1 13 Jan 2002 Bell's South African Open^ −19 (66-70-68-65=269) 2 strokes England Steve Webster
2 23 Jan 2005 South African Airways Open^ (2) −15 (68-71-68-66=273) 6 strokes France Grégory Havret, South Africa Charl Schwartzel
3 7 Jul 2005 Barclays Scottish Open −19 (67-66-65-67=265) 2 strokes Northern Ireland Darren Clarke, Netherlands Maarten Lafeber

^ Co-sanctioned by the Sunshine Tour

Sunshine Tour wins (2)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
1 13 Jan 2002 Bell's South African Open^ −19 (66-70-68-65=269) 2 strokes England Steve Webster
2 23 Jan 2005 South African Airways Open^ (2) −15 (68-71-68-66=273) 6 strokes France Grégory Havret, South Africa Charl Schwartzel

^ Co-sanctioned by the European Tour

PGA Tour of Australasia wins (1)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
1 14 Dec 2008 Australian Open −9 (70-73-69-67=279) Playoff Australia Mathew Goggin

Buy.com Tour wins (2)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
1 12 Aug 2000 Buy.com Fort Smith Classic −16 (67-66-65-66=264) 3 strokes United States Lee Rinker
2 17 Sep 2000 Buy.com Boise Open −15 (66-67-69-67=269) 6 strokes United States Patrick Burke, United States Steve Haskins

Canadian Tour wins (2)

Other wins (4)

Results in major championships

Tournament 1998 1999
Masters Tournament CUT DNP
The Open Championship DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP
Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP T13 CUT T39 2 T13 CUT T13
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP CUT T13 T3 CUT T17 T48 T40
The Open Championship DNP DNP CUT DNP CUT T23 T56 DNP CUT CUT
PGA Championship DNP DNP T53 3 CUT T17 T24 CUT T55 T16
Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Masters Tournament CUT CUT CUT T11 CUT DNP
The Open Championship CUT DNP CUT T44 DNP DNP
PGA Championship T39 DNP T11 T68 CUT CUT

DNP = did not play
CUT = missed the half way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place.
Yellow background for top-10.


Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 1 0 1 1 5 13 6
U.S. Open 0 0 1 1 1 4 10 6
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 1 9 3
PGA Championship 0 0 1 1 1 5 13 9
Totals 0 1 2 3 3 15 45 24

Results in World Golf Championship events

Accenture Match Play Championship DNP R64 DNP R64 R64 R32 R64
Cadillac Championship 62 DNP DNP T18 T26 T63 T12
Bridgestone Invitational DNP T64 T48 T51 74 T6 T20
Accenture Match Play Championship R16 R16 DNP DNP R16 DNP
Cadillac Championship 27 T22 DNP DNP T60 DNP
Bridgestone Invitational T29 T58 DNP DNP DNP T50
HSBC Champions DNP T25 DNP DNP DNP 2

DNP = Did not play
QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10.
Note that the HSBC Champions did not become a WGC event until 2009.

Team appearances



See also


  1. 1 2 Sobel, Jason (9 May 2010). "Clark prevails for maiden victory". ESPN.
  2. "Past Champions – 1997: Tim Clark". USGA. Retrieved 28 July 2014.
  3. "Tim Clark wins Australian Open in Sydney". The Sydney Morning Herald. 14 December 2008.
  4. Marchesan, John (27 July 2014). "Tim Clark defeats Jim Furyk". The Globe and Mail.
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