“I was extremely proud of my win last year and not often do you have the opportunity of coming back and defending any sort of title, so this will be a fun week,” he said.
The two-time PGA Tour winner has battled with injury, but is on the road back to recovery and the inspiration of a title defence could well get him to start firing again.
“When I won here last year I’d had surgery on my right arm in 2010 or 2011. Obviously, it appeared to everyone that I was doing great last year, but I was already starting to struggle with my left arm at this point last year.
“This is my third tournament back. It feels pretty good. It feels better than I thought it would at this point. While I haven’t played much golf this year, I’m feeling pretty good about this week,” he said.
In 2014 Clark came roaring down the stretch and made five birdies over the final eight holes to edge out Jim Furyk for the title.
The South Africans first professional wins were in Canada, and it’s a special place for him in many ways.
“I take pride in winning a National Championship like this. I’ve been fortunate to win the Australian Open and the Scottish Open, South African Open and here. My first couple wins as a pro up here in Canada. My wife was born here in Toronto, so we had family there with us last year. So, yeah, it’s just a place we enjoy coming to,” he said.