Tim lighting the way to Playoffs

Tim Clark’s second-place finish at the Wyndham Championship was his third straight top-15 and that means he’s hit 54th in the FedEx Cup standings four days before The Barclays begins.

“Five weeks ago I wasn’t even in The Playoffs,” he said “I had to play some decent golf going in and now that I’ve hit my stride I’ve moved up somewhere in the 50s or low 60s. It’s a big thing. But now that you’re playing good golf you can really make a move. I’m excited about the next weeks.”

Clark’s career has been plagued by injury, and he was forced to rest during most of 2011 after undergoing surgery on his elbow. The 2010 Players Championship winner has made a superb comeback this season, and this week returned to the top 100 in the World Ranking, reaching 90th.

“I’ve improved my position in tournaments pretty much the last four weeks I’ve played. So, you know the game is starting to feel good. I still get a little uncomfortable out there at times. I think that’s a process of being off for so long and not being in position,” he said.

The 36-year-old has three European Tour wins to his name, as well as two victories on the Sunshine Tour. Experience, however, is not the only thing in his favour. Nicknamed The Bulldog for his determination, Clark will need every bit of his mental strength to keep up over the next four playoff weeks. His game is there and his mind is there, now it’s time to prove take on the Playoffs.

Also coming into form is Charl Schwartzel. The 28-year-old has quietly kept himself in the top 25 in the world throughout the year, taking 6 top-10s this season. In 13 starts he has made 10 cuts, and that’s the kind of consistency that earns a player his place in the Tour Championship.

The 2010 Masters champ looked good at Wyndham this week, and bagged a share of 14th with his 11-under-par total. At the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational a fortnight ago he shot a final-round 63 – the best round of the day – to leap 32 places up the leaderboard and into tied 24th. Putting four rounds together will be crucial, but a good result at The Barclays could just restore some that winning confidence, which Schwartzel seems to be missing this year.

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