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August 15 2012

6:20 PM

Clark: ‘Back where I wanted to be’

Interview: Tim Clark

Prior to the 2012 Wyndham Championship, Tim Clark meets with the media and talks about recovering from his injury.

By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Tim Clark gave himself some breathing room in the FedExCup at the PGA Championship on Sunday.

The 65 points he earned when he tied for 11th at Kiawah Island moved Clark from 124th to 109th in the standings with one event remaining in the Regular Season. He's hoping to make a similar move this week at the Wyndham Championship.

Clark attended college at N.C. State, which is about 90 minutes away from Greensboro. He hasn't played the Wyndham Championship since 2008, the year the tournament moved to Sedgefield and his former Wolfpack teammate, Carl Pettersson, won and Clark tied for sixth.

"I've been looking forward to this tournament for a long time now," Clark said with a smile. "Obviously being the last event before the Playoffs, a great opportunity to move up in the FedExCup.  So I've certainly be looking for forward it.
   
"It's a course I like. With the green changes it's going to be a big improvement in the golf course too, play a little bit tougher, firmer greens. Nice to be back here in North Carolina. Don't get to play too often here. It's good to be back."

Clark had season-ending surgery on his right elbow after playing just four events last year. He's played 15 events this year, though, and has three top-20 finishes in his last five starts, including a tie for fourth at the Travelers Championship. The 69 he shot at the Ocean Course on Sunday in major championship pressure was pretty darn good, as well.

"I do feel like I'm back to where I wanted to be," Clark said. "I knew it would be a long year. At the start of the year I wasn't really ready for tournament golf yet but I wanted to get out and start playing. I figured that would be the best way for me to get back sooner rather than staying at home and just trying to practice and figure it out that way.
   
“So, it's been an encouraging year. I don't really know what I expected. I thought it would be a lot easier at the start to get back to playing the way I wanted to.  That took a good five, six weeks.

"At that point I was thinking about taking forever but luckily the last few months it's really turned around and I feel like I'm now in a position to be in The Playoffs and if I can start playing really well now, I could go quite deep in them."

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