Tim Clark Gives 67 Reasons Why He's the TPC Champion

Tom EdringtonSenior Writer IMay 9, 2010

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL - MAY 09:  Tim Clark of South Africa lines up a putt on the 11th green during the final round of THE PLAYERS Championship held at THE PLAYERS Stadium course at TPC Sawgrass on May 9, 2010 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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No one was paying much attention to little Tim Clark as the drama that is often called the final round of the TPC began to unfold on Sunday.

"There's a reason why Mr. Clark has been second eight times," said NBC's Johnny Miller, a critic of everyone and especially the everyman, Clark.

Miller didn't give any reasons why. Clark gave 67 reasons why this was his time, his tournament, his first PGA Tour win, and his ultimate answer to the doubting Miller.

All Clark did was go 11-under for the weekend (66-67), and that was good enough to rocket him past third round leader Lee Westwood and a host of contenders—Phil Mickelson included, Tiger Woods excluded.

Mickelson fell all over himself early and would be no factor. Woods was never a factor and left the course after seven holes Sunday with a pain in his neck.

Clark inflicted pain on the rest of the field Sunday with his no-bogey, superhuman round that even left Miller singing his praises.

"Flawless," Miller said as Clark made a clutch seven-foot par putt at 18 for his 272 total, 16-under the Stadium Course's par.

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"I'm proud of you," Miller told him again at the trophy presentation.

Miller hounded Clark until the end.

At the 18th tee, Clark confidently pulled out driver on the course's most difficult hole. "A lot of guys blow it right here with driver," Miller said before Clark hit.

Clark laced it long and center-cut with a slight draw that left Miller aghast.

"It's almost hard to believe," Miller blurted.

Believe it, Johnny.

The little guy who took more than 200 attempts to win an event on this tour was a huge winner this week to the tune of $1.7 million.

"It's as good as I could have played," Clark proudly declared afterward.

Clark was good but Westwood wasn't. The Englishman who led after three rounds was taken down most of the day by an erratic driver, then finally by a water ball at the island 17th.

It allowed Robert Allenby to make a final run that saw his birdie putt at 17 barely miss. Then at 18, he missed the green and made par for his solo second (273).

U.S. Open champ Lucas Glover started slow but closed with 31 on the back nine for solo third.

Still, it was Clark that made most of the noise Sunday.

Birdies on 10, 11 and 12 paved the way.

He was simply the best man with that Saturday 66 and Sunday 67.

That's another 133 reasons for Johnny Miller to digest.

"I showed what I can do on a golf course," Clark said.

Showed Miller, showed the field, showed everyone.