Blisters Force Tim Clark Out of Bob Hope Classic
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Tim Clark: Gives up Hope

Tim Clark won’t be hopping around at this week’s Bob Hope Classic, where he finished second last year after laying up on the par-5 18th. During last Sunday’s 36-hole marathon, Clark’s game held up, firing rounds of 66-64 to T2, but apparently his feet didn’t. After he walked off Waialae Country Club, he was limping because of a blister on his left little toe.

Clark flew home to Scottsdale to rest his battle wounds and make a game-time decision. Word is that his feet are actually pretty messed up — which would explain why he officially withdrew from the tournament on Tuesday. (If applicable, make sure you change your Fantasy Golf line-up accordingly.) Walking for five days with blisters can only make things worse, but that’s where athletic tape comes into play.

Oh, golfers, just another example of their athleticism!

Then again, perhaps Clark is still breaking in his new shoes. After all, he switched sponsors from Srixon to Titleist in the off-season. (Although I don’t believe Srixon makes shoes, so I’m not sure what kind he was wearing before then.)

The good news is rookie Bobby Gates will have an extra start, which means another opportunity to play well and make a cut before the reshuffle after the first six PGA Tour events.