In a scenario that transcends coincidence and speeds straight into irony, the most outspoken player against the impending anchoring ban has put himself in position to win a PGA Tour event just four days after the USGA and R&A joint announcement.
With a third-round 5-under 65 to follow rounds of 67-69, Tim Clark and his broomstick putter are well within the mix going into the final frame at the Crowne Plaza Invitational.
In a few numbers which may only serve to aid the case of Mike Davis and Peter Dawson, Clark currently ranks second in the field in the strokes gained-putting category and fourth in putting average. Through 54 holes, he’s carded 13 birdies against just four bogeys.
Earlier in the week, Clark told Golfweek that he is part of a nine-player contingent seeking legal recourse against the USGA and R&A.
“A year ago, I thought I’d play well into my 40s,” Clark told the magazine. “You plan on stuff like, ‘Do you buy a house? Do you add an extension to your house?’ Then a year later they’re telling you, ‘No, the way you’re making a living isn’t going to be around.’ It changes your whole future.”
Clark, who suffers a genetic condition that keeps him from turning his wrists and forearms inward, has anchored his putter for the entirety of his professional career. Earlier this year, he gave an impassioned plea during a player meeting at Torrey Pines. Many fellow players said at the time that it helped convince them anchoring shouldn’t be banned.