May 9 (Bloomberg) -- Tim Clark won the Players Championship by one stroke from Robert Allenby for his first U.S. PGA Tour title in 206 attempts.
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.
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