South African Tim Clark clinched his second PGA Tour title when he sank a six-foot par putt to beat American Jim Furyk by one stroke at the Canadian Open on Sunday.
Clark knocked his clutch putt in dead centre to edge Furyk in a battle between two players who badly needed a victory to shed the bridesmaid tag.
Clark has finished second 12 times on tour and had major elbow surgery in 2011, so he exuded a mixture of excitement and relief as he greeted his Canadian wife and two young children next to the 18th green at Royal Montreal.
“Any national Open to me is special and it's an honour for me to be the Open champion,” Clark told reporters after storming home in 30 strokes with five back-nine birdies, one-putting eight holes in a row on his way to a five-under-par 65.
He finished at 17-under 263, while Furyk shot a 69 for second place on 16-under.