The Gamers: Wyndham Clark fights again with “huge” bogey on 17


Wyndham Clark awakened Saturday morning with a four-shot lead at The Gamers.

The reigning U.S. Open champion waltzed his means round TPC Sawgrass for 2 days, carding rounds of 65s to grab management of the championship.

However he didn’t have the identical command on Saturday, as he noticed his lead evaporate by the point he walked off the par-4 twelfth. Clark’s enjoying accomplice, Xander Schauffele, had simply made his sixth birdie of the day to get to 16-under to match him.

4 holes later, this pairing sat deadlocked at 17-under, with one of the vital well-known par-3s on the earth awaiting them.

Clark stepped as much as the tee with a sand wedge and struck essentially the most nerve-wracking shot in all of golf. It landed 20 yards in need of the inexperienced, creating a large splash.

“He was over that shot for means longer than some other shot immediately,” NBC reporter John Wooden—a former PGA Tour caddy—mentioned on the telecast.

“It was like he was virtually frozen over it.”

He hit it solely 102 yards on the 124-yard par-3, a huge miss for a participant of his caliber. However Clark determined to re-tee as a substitute of going to the drop zone to the left.

“Happily, I went first, and I had a while to consider it,” Clark mentioned of his chunk on 17.

“I requested my caddie John [Ellis], and he mentioned, ‘[drop zone is] simply too shut for us to have the ability to hit it.’ So, the simpler shot was simply redoing it. We had an excellent membership. Actually, I made a foul swing and chunked it, and if we went nearer, I feel it made it a harder shot.”

Clark selected properly as a result of his do-over landed six-and-a-half ft from the cup.

He then drained it for a bogey-four, which elicited a fist pump.

“[That was] huge. It’s unlucky on a gap that’s so iconic and has a bunch of hassle to have sort of your worst swing of the day. However yeah, I adopted it with a terrific swing and a terrific putt,” Clark defined.

“I’m within the remaining group tomorrow, which is big. I’m hoping that’s an enormous level within the match and we glance again after [Sunday] and have a look at that gap and say, hey, that was perhaps the shot and the putt that meant all of it.”

Clark missed loads of putts on Saturday. Quick misses on the eighth and ninth instantly come to thoughts.

“Generally you’ll be able to press and attempt to pressure the difficulty, and I believed I did an incredible job,” Clark added.

“If I had made the par putt on 8 and the birdie putt on 9, it might have been a completely completely different spherical. I may very well be at 19 or 20 [under], and we’d be having a unique dialog.”

Clark had an excellent have a look at birdie from 10 ft on the 14th, however that missed on the low facet, too.

But Clark bounced again along with his 6-footer on 17. If he had missed that, he would have misplaced all momentum going into Sunday’s remaining spherical.

Wyndham Clark, PGA Tour, The Players Championship

Wyndham Clark in the course of the third spherical of the 2024 Gamers Championship.
Picture by James Gilbert/PGA Tour through Getty Pictures

As an alternative, he dropped just one shot, and now enters the ultimate 18 holes trailing Schauffele by a shot at 16-under.

“I feel everybody sort of has one spherical the place they’ve to essentially grind it out and make these par putts and bogey putts or no matter it’s,” Clark mentioned.

“I felt like that was immediately. I’m hoping I’ll get up laser locked-in and targeted, have an superior spherical, and hopefully have a terrific end right here.”

Nonetheless, Clark seems like he performed good golf, and he did so. A 2-under 70 is a decent spherical at TPC Sawgrass, particularly when everyone seems to be chasing you down.

However now he has to search out Schauffele on Sunday, and contemplating Clark has gained thrice prior to now 9 months, he has all of the expertise on the earth to take action.

Jack Milko is a golf workers author for SB Nation’s Taking part in By way of. You should definitely take a look at @_PlayingThrough for extra golf protection. You’ll be able to comply with him on Twitter @jack_milko as nicely.