Tim comes painfully close in China

Tim Clark birdied three of his final five holes at Sheshan International Golf Club to set the clubhouse lead of 12-under-par at the WGC-HSBC Champions this week, but it was not to be his day.

 

Bubba Watson was coming down the stretch tied for the lead, but he bogeyed the 16th and double bogeyed the 17th. When his approach to the par-five 18th ended in a greenside bunker it looked done and dusted for the two-time Masters winner, but he holed out from the sand for eagle and matched Clark in the clubhouse.

 

Miracle wins are a part of ‘Bubba golf’ and Sunday was no different. The American sank a 20-foot putt for birdie on the first extra hole and left the South African to second place.

 

“For me this is the big one,” Watson said after his third win in 2014. “It's very big because I always wanted to win outside the US. It's my seventh win, gets me closer to ten wins which has always been my goal. It's a World Golf Championship, so when you add it all up it means a lot.”

 

Clark didn’t leave empty handed and rose 45 places in the World Ranking to 58th. He also took up sixth place on the PGA Tour Money List and looks set for a superb 2015 season in America.

 

“I never expected to be in this position at the start of the week. I fought hard. I knew I needed to birdie that play-off hole, especially with him (Watson) being able to reach. Obviously I’m disappointed to be that close but I'm pleased overall. I just tried to play this course smart and in the end it was enough to give me a shout,” he said.

 

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