Clark withdraws from Open field

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South African Tim Clark has pulled out of next week’s Open Championship at Sandwich.

South African Tim Clark has pulled out of next week’s Open Championship at Sandwich.

Clark has not yet sufficiently recovered from the tendinitis he suffers in his elbow – an injury that, like Tiger Woods, has kept him out of golf since the Players Championship back in May.

In fact, Clark has played in only two events since January’s Sony Open in Hawaii where he finished runner-up: the Masters, where he missed the cut, and the Players, where he withdrew after 10 holes of the second round.

“I can’t get too despondent and down on myself,” he said at Sawgrass.

“It has been getting better, which is a good sign, so I’m going to try and stay positive and keep working at it.”

Clarke is the third player to pull out of the Open, after Woods and Frenchman Thomas Levet, who fractured his chin jumping into a lake after he won the French Open last week.

Americans Jason Dufner and Robert Garrigus have already taken Woods and Levet’s places respectively, and now another American, Anthony Kim, has been offered Clark’s spot.

Kim missed out on the Open last year due to surgery on his thumb.

This leaves England’s Simon Dyson as the first reserve based on the world rankings, with Dane Thomas Bjorn in second.

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