MONTREAL — Tim Clark’s golf game went into overdrive as he claimed his second PGA Tour win while extending Jim Furyk’s title drought.
Clark birdied five of seven holes on the back nine to overtake Furyk and win the RBC Canadian Open on Sunday.
Clark, who won the 2010 Players Championship, overcame Furyk’s three-stroke lead through 54 holes with birdies on the 11th, 12th, 14th, 15th and 17th at Royal Montreal to finish 5-under 65 on the day for his second PGA Tour win.
“Any win is very special, particularly since that win,” Clark said. “A lot’s happened. I’ve had a surgery since then. I’ve had two kids, on the good side of it, so my life’s changed a lot since that win. To have won right now, after the year that I’ve had, means a lot.”
Clark’s 17-under 263 gave him a one-shot margin over Furyk, who shot a 1-under 69 with a birdie on the 17th to finish second at 16-under.
Furyk, who won the Canadian Open in 2006 and 2007, has not won a tournament in 88 outings since he won The Tour Championship on Sept. 26, 2010.
The 2003 U.S. Open champion birdied 17 to close to within one stroke. Furyk has failed to win each of the past seven tournaments he led through 54 holes and has won 10 of 26 tournaments when in that position throughout his career.
“It’s a little soon to wrap my hands around it,” Furyk said. “I’m obviously disappointed. I’ve got no one to blame but myself. It was a benign day, and 69’s not a bad round by any means, but in only making two birdies I let a couple of guys back into the tournament that if I go out there and fire a 66 or 67, it’s a done deal.”
The 44-year-old Furyk opened with a round of 67 on Thursday and tied a course record Friday with a 63 at Royal Montreal to share the lead with Tim Petrovic.
Furyk shot a 5-under 65 on Saturday to enter the final round with a three-stroke lead over Clark.
On Sunday, he bogeyed the fourth hole and birdied the par-3 seventh to remain three ahead of Clark through the front nine as tee times were pushed up to the morning because inclement weather was forecast for the area.
“I think first off I have to take my hat off to Tim,” Furyk said. “He shot 30 on the back nine for a 65, so I’m definitely not going to take anything away from that. It was a heck of a round. I felt like if I shot under par on the back nine, I’d win. That wasn’t the case, but the start probably got me.”
Justin Hicks shot a 6-under 64 to finish third at 13-under 267.
Brad Fritsch’s surge came too late to put him in contention to become the first Canadian to win the tournament in 60 years. The Ottawa native fired four birdies and an eagle on the 12th to finish with a 6-under 64 and moved up to finish at 9-under 271.
Langer cruises at Senior British Open
Bernhard Langer sealed a record-breaking victory in the Senior British Open on Sunday, winning by 13 shots after leading the event in all four rounds.
The two-time Masters champion took an eight-shot lead into the final round and still dominated the field, firing a best-of-the-day four-under 67 at Royal Porthcawl in Wales.
The German’s six birdies and two bogeys left runnerup Colin Montgomerie and the rest far behind.
It was 56-year-old Langer’s fourth round in the 60s and he posted the largest winning margin in the history of event, eclipsing Bob Charles’ seven-shot victory at Turnberry in 1989.
Montgomerie was alone in second, three shots ahead of American Tom Pernice Jr., England’s Barry Lane and Canadian Rick Gibson.