Injured Clark out of Masters

South African Tim Clark has confirmed he will miss the Masters next week as he continues his recovery from an elbow injury.

Clark’s agent said in a text message Wednesday that Clark’s elbow is feeling better but that he has not had enough time to properly prepare for the first major of the year.

Clark is a former Players champion and finished runner-up to Phil Mickelson at the Masters in 2006.

He has not played since the Sony Open in January, where he injured his elbow while hitting a tee shot.

Because the Masters is by invitation only, there is no alternate list, meaning the tournament is assured of having fewer than 100 players at Augusta National for the 49th straight year.