Jan
17
2011
Clark May Withdraw From Hope Due to Blisters
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Tim Clark's feet hurt from too much walking

With the first round of the Sony Open washed out, Sunday turned into a 36-hole marathon to finish the last two rounds. After a long day of walking the flattest golf course ever, Tim Clark endured blisters on his feet — which are so painful that he may withdraw from the Bob Hope Classic, according to Golfweek’s Alex Miceli.

Clark, who shot 66-64 in the 36-hole finish at Waialae Country Club, was limping with a blister on his left little toe late Sunday while practicing on the range for a possible playoff. That didn’t happen, as Mark Wilson sealed his third PGA Tour victory with a 16-under 264 score in the rain-delayed Sony.

Clark plans to fly to La Quinta, Calif., site of the Hope, and then decide whether he can play.

Clark also limped his way into the interview room for his post-round press conference. Obviously they didn’t bother him on the course since he shot a stellar six-under in the last 18.

“When you’re out there playing and you get moving, you don’t feel it,” said Clark. It’s more when I stopped and have to start is when I feel it. But it didn’t really affect me out there at all in terms of how I played or bothering me. It was fine.”

Timmy just needs some Band-Aids, athletic tape and Neosporin, and he’ll be just fine to play golf. Maybe a new pair of shoes would help, too.

The guys seem to be enduring a lot of random injuries early this season. First, Geoff Ogilvy slips on some coral and takes 12 stitches in his finger. Zach Johnson stubbed his toe and almost withdrew from the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, too. Now if Clark withdraws from the Hope due to blisters, it’ll be hard not to laugh.

Golfers, such athletes!

(AP Photo/Marco Garcia)