Tim turning up the heat in Arizona

With 11 cuts made from 20 starts, Tim Clark’s 2012 PGA season was good, but the 2010 Players Championship winner is looking for exceptional at the Phoenix Open this week.

At 37 years old Clark is no newcomer to the game, and with a second-place finish at the Sony Open in Hawaii just a fortnight ago, he’s on track for a stellar season.

It was only in the second half of 2012 that Clark picked up from a wrist injury that affected his game throughout 2011 and saw him slide down the World Ranking.

He’s on song for success with his current ranking of 59th, but he’ll be hunting a solid result in Arizona, which could move him to the top 50 in the world. That top 50 place would mean a spot at the WGC-Accenture Match Play in mid-February.

Joining him in the field is Trevor Immelman who knows the course, courtesy of a 12th-place finish last year. The Masters champ is a foil of the crowds at the Phoenix Open – while they are loud and boisterous, he is calm and collected.

Immelman shot an opening 67 there last year and carded consecutive 69s at the weekend to finish the tournament at nine-under. While it was six shots shy of Kyle Stanley’s winning total, it certainly showed that the South African can hustle in the American desert.

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