This week will be the last time that Tim Clark plays a major with a long putter in his bag. It will be a tough goodbye for the South African, but he could channel the sentiment into his game and play golf reminiscent of when he won the 2010 Players Championship.
It’s a big week for the Durbanite, who will look to both improve on his world ranking of 83rd and also rise up the standings of the FedExCup.
The likes of Adam Scott and Keegan Bradley will also be keen to make the most of a final major with an anchored putter, which both players have used en route to winning one of the four biggest tournaments in golf.
Clark, who won the 2014 RBC Canadian Open, will be sure to bring his putter to bear, provided he can make it past the abundant bunkers at Whistling Straits.
The two-time South African Open Championship winner has 14 professional titles to his name, all of which were claimed with a long putter in hand.
Only four majors have been won by players using an anchored putter. First came Keegan Bradley at the 2011 PGA Championship, then Webb Simpson in the 2012 US Open.
No South African could forget Ernie Els winning The Open in 2012, after Adam Scott came home in an ambulance to allow the Big Easy a second Claret Jug.
The Australian would have his day eventually, and at the 2013 Masters Scott became the proud owner of a green jacket after his long putter played the winning stroke that rainy Sunday at Augusta.
Clark will look to emulate those four major champions, and the 39-year-old will have to do it this week, because it’s his last chance.