NC State’s Tim Clark Wins RBC Canadian Open


On Sunday, South African born and North Carolina State trained professional golfer Tim Clark won the RBC Canadian Open. Yes, the fix was clearly in. The RBC Canadian Open was won by a golfer whose alma mater boasts the RBC Center. Way to figure that one out, Royal Bank of Canada!

Jul 27, 2014; Ile Bizard, Quebec, CAN; Tim Clark (L) shakes hands with Jim Furyk (R) after winning the RBC Canadian Open at Royal Montreal GC – Blue Course. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

The story for most of the weekend was the inspired play of Jim Furyk, who once again seemed to prove the doubters wrong as he had a good lead going into Sunday. Then Furyk simply could not find enough game to seal the deal on the final round, and so the doubters may come back once again. For Furyk, there will likely still be the Ryder Cup on the other side of the rainbow.

Clark played steady golf the first two days and then fired a 64 on Saturday to put himself into a chance of contention. He continued his hot hand on Sunday, erasing Furyk’s three shot lead with a string of birdies on the back nine. That was good enough to have a one shot lead over Furyk with one to play.

On the final hole, Clark merely needed a par and got it. Clark won and his 17 under par score was good enough to tie the Canadian Open record.

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Clark saw his first win in Canada in the New Brunswick Open in 1998 on the Canadian Tour. His wife, Candice, is also Canadian. That gave Clark some pretty good karma in this particular tournament.

This was Clark’s second win on the PGA Tour. The first occurred at the 2010 Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass.