Sunday, May 31, 2009

About the only thing worse than being the best player without a major is being the best player without a PGA Tour victory. Tim Clark is that man, but maybe not for long. The South African leads Colonial by two shots over Steve Stricker, Steve Marino and Jason Day heading into Sunday's final round.
Clark has international wins on his resume and a runner-up finish to Phil Mickelson at the 2006 Masters, but he has six second-place finishes on the PGA Tour. The smallish Clark seems to have the perfect game for Colonial -- he's hit a million greens this week -- and I'm going to be watching his first few holes closely on Sunday to see if he wobbles early or starts quickly.
I'm not a huge fan of the long putter, but Clark has been on with his. After three calm days, though, the wind is expected to blow into Fort Worth on Sunday. Not only will that make club selection dicey, but it could make those short putts a little harder to coax in. Clark's long putter is almost as tall as he is (Clark is 5'7).
I'm also going to be watching 21-year-old Jason Day, one of golf's talented youngsters with a sweet swing. I keep getting Day confused with Sean O'Hair -- they have similar moves -- and like the rest of the New Kids on the Block he crushes the ball. I thought Day might stumble a little Saturday, but I was wrong. He was rock solid.
Day will be in the second-to-last group with Stricker on Sunday, an interesting pairing between an upstart looking for his first win and a veteran looking for his first win in two years. But if Clark keeps pounding those fairways like he has the first three days, he'll be handing off that title of best player without a PGA Tour victory.
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