Players to Watch: No. 4, Wyndham Clark
December 28, 2017
By Alex Wood, PGATOUR.COM
- December 28, 2017
- University of Oregon alum Wyndham Clark made a hole-in-one in the final round of Final Stage, en route to securing guaranteed starts. (Stan Badz/PGA TOUR)
Last year, University of Oregon alum Aaron Wise hit the ground running during his rookie season on the Web.com Tour. He finished T12 in his first event and picked up his first victory just seven events later, locking up his PGA TOUR card for the following season.
Incoming Web.com Tour rookie and fellow Duck Wyndham Clark is in prime position to follow in Wise’s footsteps.
Clark began his collegiate career at Oklahoma State University, where he began making waves after redshirting his freshman year due to medical hardship. In his first full season at OSU, the 23-year-old was named Big 12 Player of the Year and a first-team All-American after seven top-10 finishes and a strong showing at the NCAA Championship, where he defeated fellow Web.com Tour member Anders Albertson and Web.com Tour graduate Tom Lovelady.
Top 10 Players to Watch: No. 10, Jimmy Stanger | No. 9, Jose de Jesus Rodriguez | No. 8, Matt Ryan | No. 7, Chris Baker | No. 6, Kramer Hickok | No. 5, Curtis Luck | No. 4, Wyndham Clark | No. 3, Sam Burns
The Las Vegas resident went on to play for the Cowboys for two more seasons before transferring to the University of Oregon for his senior year. While there he continued to play to his full potential. Not only did he lead the nation in par-5 scoring during his final year (4.46), he was also named Pac-12 Player of the Year and GolfWeek Player of the Year, was a finalist for the Ben Hogan Award, was a semifinalist for the Division I Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year award, and won the Pac-12 Championship.
In his quest to join the Web.com Tour, Clark finished runner-up at his First Stage site before going on to earn medalist honors at his Second Stage site in Murrieta, California. In between the two events, Clark made his professional PGA TOUR debut, finishing 17th at the Sanderson Farms Championship.
With his T23 finish at the Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament (which was partially the result of Clark’s first hole-in-one during competition), the Colorado native guaranteed himself eight starts to begin the 2018 Web.com Tour season.
But, if his past performance is indicative of anything, don’t be surprised if it doesn’t take him all eight starts to make a serious move up the money list.