A lot has changed for Tim Clark since he won the RBC Canadian Open a week ago. He’s risen into the top 75 in the world and secured a spot at the FedExCup Playoffs. He also gained the final place at this week’s WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and heads to Ohio in winning form.
“It was a big change in what my plans were. I went to Canada expecting to be traveling to Reno this week and playing. I wasn't in the PGA Championship either, so it was nice to have to make some travel plans late Sunday night.
“I had been playing quite solid leading into the week and just been waiting for that moment where things sort of all came together. Obviously, Sunday was my day,” he said.
The 39-year-old proved that he can win big tournaments when he clinched the 2010 Players Championship, but his latest win reaffirmed a lot of self-belief for the Durbanite.
“In many ways, this win probably felt even better than the Players Championship. Particularly the fact that I'd missed pretty much all of 2011 with injury, and you never know how far back you are going to be able to come from something like that,” he said.
This week the ante has been raised with 49 of the world’s top 50 competing at Firestone Country Club. Included in the mix are world number one Adam Scott and Open Champion Rory McIlroy.
Another serious contender is Jim Furyk, who has finished second in three of his last seven starts and has nine top-10s from his 14 Bridgestone Invitationals. The American ranks fifth in the FedExCup standings without a win to his name this year, so he’s clearly due a victory.
“It definitely tests my ability to stay positive, and the next time I get in that situation and I get in the hunt, I'm going to have confidence, and I'm going to have a belief in myself that I'm going to win the golf tournament.
“What's the damn worst thing that's going to happen? I finish second again. So it's not the end of the world. I'll be firing at the pin again, and I'll be trying to bury the last hole. It will happen eventually,” he said.