PGA Tour Champions
Nov 2nd, 2020
Clarke grabs his first PGA Tour Champions title
Northern Irishman wins TimberTech Champions in Florida
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"I've had a lot of opportunities the last few years, so it's great to finally win one," Clarke said. "I wouldn't be working this hard if I didn't think I could still win."
Clarke hit the green at the long 18th in two but just missed his eagle effort from some thirty feet. He then watched as Furyk failed to make his twenty-foot eagle putt. Clarke tapped his birdie putt for a final round 4-under-par 68 and the breakthrough victory.
Clarke had shared the overnight lead with Robert Karlsson after firing a superb ten-under 62 on Saturday. The final round 68 gave the 52-year-old major champion a seventeen-under-par total at the Old Course at Broken Sound.
It was the first victory for Clarke since his Open triumph at Royal St, George's in 2011.
"Well, the last victory I had, I was drunk for a week, so this time I won't be," Clarke said.
Furyk, who won his first two PGA Tour Champions events this year closed with a round of 68 to share second place with Langer
"I really feel like I'm putting well, but I was burning a lot of edges and not able to get some putts to go in," Furyk said.
Bernhard Langer, the defending champion closed with a 67 but will view the event as one that got away after he bogeyed both the 15th and 17th holes. The man from Germany can console himself with the fact that the second place finish places him back on top of the pile for the Charles Schwab Cup.
Miguel Angel Jimenez was fourth on fifteen-under after a 66 with Karlsson (71) and Gene Sauers (68) one shot further back at fourteen-under.
John Daly, who has revealed that he is fighting bladder cancer, shared the lead after a 64 on Friday, sadly could not replicate the form over the weekend. Rounds of 73 and 71 left him in a tie for twenty-sixth at seven-under.