Tim Clark has returned as a stalwart on the PGA Tour this season with 12 cuts made in 19 starts, but a missed cut at The Barclays means he’s on the bubble going into this week's Deutsche Bank Championship.
The top 100 players in the FedExCup standings tee up at TPC Boston this week looking to take one of 70 places on offer at the next leg, the BMW Championship. Clark ranks 70th in points standing, and this week he has everything to play for.
The 37-year-old Arizona resident started the 2013 season with a second-place finish at the Sony Open in Hawaii, where a Sunday 63 was promising.
After a quiet month on the fairways it came to the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, which played out in late February. Clark beat Adam Scott and Thorbjorn Olesen for a share of ninth, succumbing to the specialist – Ian Poulter – in the third stage.
Clark, who grew up in Durban, had a confident tournament at Augusta National in April, taking home share of 11th. He also made the weekend at The Open Championship and the PGA Championship, so the limelight suits him.
But missing the cut by seven shots last week at Liberty National Golf Club will have rattled Clark, who must dig deep this week.
TPC Boston ranked the easiest of all par 71 courses on the PGA Tour circuit last year. At the Duetsche Bank this year it will come down to putting and Clark, armed with his broomstick putter, should focus on making birdies.
The big names will be chasing this week, and it’s time for the 2010 Players Championship winner to face up.