The Gamers: Wyndham Clark within the “zone,” units one other file


Wyndham Clark continues to exert his dominance in big-time occasions.

On Friday, the reigning U.S. Open champion shot a 7-under 65 for the second consecutive day. He grew to become the primary participant in Gamers Championship historical past to open with a pair of 65s or higher, per Justin Ray of The Athletic.

“I suppose I’ve been breaking some data not too long ago, which is fairly neat,” Clark stated after his spherical.

“Greater than something, I’m simply tremendous excited that I had a ho-hum entrance 9 after which turned and actually simply received into a pleasant zone and felt actually good on the greens and shot an superior quantity.”

Final month, Clark made historical past at Pebble Seaside, setting the course file with a 12-under 60. That helped him win the AT&T Pebble Seaside Professional-Am, which was shortened to 54 holes because of inclement climate.

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Wyndham Clark hits a shot through the second spherical of the 2024 Gamers Championship.
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This week, Clark has exerted himself as soon as once more. He sits at 14-under general by 36 holes and walked off the golf course with a commanding five-shot lead over Matt Fitzpatrick and Maverick McNealy.

“I wish to play nice each week,” added Clark, who completed solo second to Scottie Scheffler on the Arnold Palmer Invitational final week.

“My factor is simply to attempt to be constant. With our schedule now, too, you solely play large occasions, in order that’s a part of it as properly.”

One factor remained fixed Friday: Clark’s scorching scorching putter.

He gained 4.712 strokes on the greens Friday, rating first within the discipline.

Over his first seven holes, Clark made 5 pars, one birdie on the par-5 eleventh, and a bogey on the par-4 14th, one of many most difficult holes at TPC Sawgrass.

Issues then modified for Clark on the well-known par-3 seventeenth, the place he rolled in a 17-footer for birdie.

Two holes later, on the par-4 1st, Clark caught his method shot to 18 inches, which led to his first of 4 straight birdies.

However the crucial level of his spherical got here on the par-4 fifth, which, just like the 14th, has given gamers matches through the years.

Clark hit a bomb of a tee shot, touring 334 yards and carrying the sand lure that meanders down the best aspect. However he pushed his tee ball a tad, thus discovering the thick tough that strains TPC Sawgrass’ comfortable fairways.

“Sadly, I simply drew a extremely unhealthy lie,” Clark stated of the fifth gap. “It’s type of a crap shoot relying when you get a superb lie or unhealthy lie, and I had a foul one.”

He had 125 yards left for his second however couldn’t discover the inexperienced, lacking to the best.

“I assumed that the tough would pull it left, and it didn’t, so it went to the best, had a extremely powerful lie, after which I hit a poor chip,” Clark added.

“However making that [par] putt [from 22 feet] was large. That was in all probability the largest putt of the day momentum-wise, maintaining that mo going, after which I went on to birdie two of the final 4, which was large.”

Clark drained an 18-footer for a birdie on six after which closed with a birdie on the tough par-5 ninth to shoot a 30 on his closing 9.

“After I switched to the putter I’ve been utilizing, that Jailbird, I began actually seeing a variety of putts go in, after which all of the work that I did off the course in my psychological sport, I began seeing it on the course as a result of I began making putts,” Clark defined.

“In order that’s in all probability the largest factor is combining the psychological sport with making putts, and now I’ve been capturing some good scores.”

Not solely did Clark drain loads of putts and preserve his mentality sharp within the course of, however he has discovered loads of greens in regulation, giving himself ample alternatives.

By 36 holes, he has hit 31 greens in regulation, translating right into a commanding lead at The Gamers. And on the halfway level, Clark reveals no indicators of slowing down.

Maybe he does one thing solely Tiger Woods has accomplished: win The Gamers because the reigning U.S. Open champion. That might be fairly particular and certain vault Clark into the higher echelon of the game.

However he already deserves to be there as a result of his beautiful play has spoken for itself.

Jack Milko is a golf workers author for SB Nation’s Taking part in By. Be sure you try @_PlayingThrough for extra golf protection. You possibly can observe him on Twitter @jack_milko as properly.