At the RBC Canadian Open, Tim Clark waited until the back nine to put together one of the best Sunday charges of the season. Clark birdied five holes on the back to shoot a five-under 65, and defeat third round leader Jim Furyk by one stroke. The Canadian Open is the second win of his career on the PGA Tour.
Clark said, “I knew I had to make birdies, and sometimes that can be easier when you know you have to be aggressive. At that point (I had) nothing to lose. I suddenly just got hot, and I went with it” (via Adam Stanley of PGATour.com).
Getting hot on the back nine in the final round does not happen often, but the 2010 Players Champion proved he is a clutch performer.
Jim Furyk led by three strokes heading to the back nine, and had a few chances to take over the tournament. He said, “I just didn’t putt well enough, and I didn’t convert the opportunities I had” (via Stanley of PGATour.com).
The Sunday drama extended to the final green after Furyk and Clark birdied the par-3 17th to keep it a one stroke match. Clark lagged his 50-foot putt to about 6-feet, and Furyk had a 20-footer for the tie. A two-stroke swing was possible, but Furyk missed on the high side, and Clark sank the final putt for the win.
“Once [Furyk] missed his putt, I didn’t want to have to go into a playoff knowing he can take it over the water (off the 18th tee), and I have to play over to the right,” Clark said. “So, it was huge for me to get it finished right there. I got hot with the putter on the back nine. To stand over that putt and still feel confident was really nice” (via the AP).
Matt Kuchar registered his tenth top-10 of the season with a T4, and Graham DeLaet finished as the low Canadian with a T7.