PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL - MAY 09: Tim Clark of South Africa hits his tee shot on the fifth hole 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)

Tim Clark Wins The Players Championship, His First Ever PGA Win

Tim Clark has won the THE PLAYERS Championship, his first ever win on the PGA Tour. The South African finished 16-under, besting Robert Allenby by just one stroke, taking control on Sunday with a fourth-round 67. You can view the complete leaderboard here.

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Tim Clark Shoots Five-Under 67 In Final Round, Captures The Players Championship

Ponte Vedra Beach, FL (Sports Network) - Tim Clark captured his first career PGA Tour win in his 206th start, firing a five-under 67 in the final round of The Players Championship on Sunday to beat Robert Allenby by a stroke.

Clark was one of only two players to break 70 during a difficult final round at Sawgrass. He collected all five of his birdies in a six-hole stretch around the turn to take the lead, then held on with gutsy shots down the stretch.

The 34-year-old South African posted a 16-under 272.

"I just hoped it would happen someday. I just came out on the golf course and showed what I can do," said Clark.

Allenby, who was chasing his first PGA Tour win in nine years, shot a 70 and finished alone in second place at 15-under 273.

Allenby's 11-foot birdie putt at the 17th hole turned away at the last moment and he couldn't birdie the 18th to tie Clark. The 38-year-old Australian has now gone 223 starts since winning his fourth PGA Tour title in 2001.

Lee Westwood was also looking to end a winless streak. The 37-year-old Englishman, without a PGA Tour win since 1998, dumped a ball in the water at the 17th and finished four shots back after a 74.

You can view the entire leaderboard at PGATOUR.com.


2010 Players Championship, Round 3 Results: Westwood Holds Lead Over Crowded Pack

Heath Slocum, Robert Allenby, and Ben Crane claimed shares of the lead late in Round 3 of the Players Championship, but entering the final round, Lee Westwood still stands alone on top.

Westwood made a remarkable recovery shot to avert disaster on the 18th hole. His 2-under for the day was enough for the Englishman to hold a one-stroke lead over a crowded field.

After shooting 5-under on Saturday, Robert Allenby trails Westwood at -13. He shot up the scoreboard late in the day after a 16th-round eagle and a birdie on the dreaded 17th hole.

The biggest charges were made by Chris Stroud, Tim Clark, Phil Mickelson, and Fred Funk, who each shot 6-under in Round 3. Clark moved up 17 places on the leaderboard, thanks in part to an eagle on the sixth hole. Funk played consistently well until late, when he bogeyed the 14th and 15th holes. He made up for these struggles with an eagle on the 16th to tie for 15th place entering the tournament's final round.

In case you're curious, noted golfing enthusiast Tiger Woods shot 1-under for the day. He now stands at 4-under for the tournament, ten strokes behind the lead.

This is the view from the top of the standings:

1. Lee Westwood (-14)
2. Robert Allenby (-13)
T3. Ben Crane (-12)
T3. Lucas Glover
T3. Francesco Molinari
T6. Chris Stroud (-11)
T6. Tim Clark
T6. Charley Hoffman
T6. Heath Slocum
10. Bo Van Pelt (-10)

You can follow the live leaderboard here. For all things golf, check out SB Nation's own Waggle Room.


The 2010 Players Championship At TPC Sawgrass, Round 2 Results: Westwood Holds Lead, Cut Is Under Par

With Round 2 over, we know that for the fifth time in Players Championship history, the cut will be under par. Players had to shoot a 2-under score through Round 2 to reach Round 3 on Saturday.

Lee Westwood, who started strong at the Masters, is at it again at TPC Sawgrass. Westwood followed up a 5-under first round by shooting 7-under in the second, including an eagle at the 16th hole. Right behind him at 11-under are Japan's Ryuji Imada and Italy's Francesco Molinari.

Phil Mickelson, winner of the 2010 Masters, is tied for 46th at 3-under, as is noted golfing enthusiast Tiger Woods.

Henrik Stenson, the winner of the 2009 Players Championship, missed the cut after a 2-over Round 2.

Here's how the top of the leaderboard looks entering Round 3:

1. Lee Westwood (-12)
T2. Ryuji Imada (-11)
T2. Francesco Molinari
4. Heath Slocum (-10)
5. Lucas Glover (-9)
T6. Robert Allenby (-8)
T6. Charley Hoffman
T6. Ben Crane

You can see the full leaderboard here. And for all things golf, check out SB Nation's golf blog, Waggle Room.


The 2010 Players Championship At TPC Sawgrass, First Round: Holmes, Allenby Co-Leaders At 6-Under

After the first round of play at the 2010 Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass, there is a pair of leaders: J.B. Holmes and Robert Allenby. Both shot a six-under 66, putting them one stroke ahead of a group of eight golfers sitting in a tie for second, including Ben Crane, Kenny Perry and Lee Westwood.

Allenby had sole possession of the lead earlier in the day, but bogeyed the eighth hole to fall back to six-under (he began his day on the front nine).

Meanwhile, Holmes was one of just many to take advantage of the perfect playing conditions on Thursday -- "Eighteen of the 72 players who teed off in the morning shot in the 60s."

Holmes finished off his round with a 20-foot birdie putt on the island-green 17th hole, where the pin was on the lower right portion of the green and easily accessible below the ridge. He did it the hard way with a slick putt, typical of his day.

"It was a fun day, one of those rounds were everything was going pretty good," Holmes said. "It's kind of one of those rounds where it' snot easy, but it felt pretty easy."

Everyone's favorite noted golfing enthusiast, Tiger Woods, ended his day at 2-under, four back from the leaders, which, considering his performance last weekend, made for a good afternoon.

Neither would happen after his tee ball on the always tough 18th found the water, and a bogey forced Woods to "settle" for a 2-under 70. Usually disappointed after a finish like that, Tiger has to be ecstatic that he managed to pull his game together long enough to get out of Thursday with a score.

Visit the complete leaderboard at The Players Championship here.

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