Clark’s season taking off in time

Tim Clark’s win at the RBC Canadian open turned an average season into a great one. The second PGA Tour win of his career also secured him a place at this week’s PGA Championship.


“You know, if I stay in this sort of frame of mind, there's no reason why I can't keep it going.  Yeah, the next two events are big events for us, particularly the PGA Championship,” he said.


World number one Rory McIlroy will hunt a third win in as many tournaments and Adam Scott wants to retake top spot in the world ranking. Clark’s focus will be on climbing from his current ranking of 27th in the FedExCup standings.


The season-ending playoffs run over a series of four events, with the top 125 playing The Barclays, the top 100 the Deutsche Bank Championship, the top 70 the BMW Championship and then the 30 best playing in the Tour Championship.


Clark already sits within the bounds of Tour Championship contention, but he’ll need some big results to stay there. The quest begins this week at Valhalla Golf Club, where the 38-year-old is one of eight South Africans in the elite field, which contains 99 of the world’s top 100.


The Durbanite certainly has the game to contest at the year’s final major and he proved it in Canada when he shot a 30-stroke back nine on Sunday to overtake Jim Furyk and win the title. In 2010 he achieved a similar feat when he clinched the Players Championship, trumping the elite field and securing his name on the PGA Tour lists.


This week's star-studded field presents a real challenge for Clark, but he’s proven to himself and the world that he remains good enough to win against the best. Ride the momentum.


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