Clark, who began the day three shots behind third-round leader Lee Westwood, had a final-round 67 to finish at 16- under-par at the TPC Sawgrass at Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Allenby ended with a 70 to finish runner-up at 15-under par. “It’s been a long time,” Clark said at the trophy presentation. “I just hoped it could happen one day and I came up today and showed what I can do on the golf course.”
Clark collects $1.71 million, the biggest tournament winner’s check on the tour, to triple his on-course earnings this year. World No. 1 Tiger Woods earlier in the day withdrew on his sixth hole with a neck injury. Phil Mickelson, who could have ended Woods’s 258-week run atop the world rankings with a win, finished in a tie for 17th at 7-under.
Westwood led until Clark got a birdie at the 11th hole today to join the Englishman at 15-under. Clark then took the outright lead with his third straight birdie at the next hole and scored par at the remaining six holes.
Australian Allenby’s erratic round -- which began bogey- eagle and contained three more dropped shots and four birdies - - concluded with a par when birdie would have forced a playoff with Clark.
Westwood’s challenge ended with a double-bogey at the signature par-3 17th hole that dropped him back to 12-under.
The tour schedule continues on May 13 at the $6.1 million Texas Open at the TPC San Antonio.