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Tim Clark's Players victory highlights rips and shanks

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It is regularly called the PGA Tour's fifth major, and like most big ones, it came down to a final hole, and a final putt, to see who would be the 2010 Players champion. The week had some things regular and, well, not so regular. Who made our weekly rips and shanks?


Tim Clark: It took 206 PGA Tour starts, but the man with the steady putting stroke finally claimed a title. How big was that for Clark? It allowed him to shake the title of non-closer after the South African posted 66-67 on the weekend, highlighted by a lengthy par putt on the last that gave him the victory by a single shot.

Davis Love III: If it isn't Harbour Town that brings out the best in Love, it's TPC Sawgrass. A tough year by all accounts for the two-time winner of this event, Love closed with a 4-under 68 to jump into the top-5. Love's Sunday 68 was only one of two sub-70 rounds in the fourth round, joining Clark.

Robert Allenby: He started to stumble early on his inward nine on Sunday, but righted the ship with two birdies on 14 and 16, giving him at least a shot at taking the Players to a playoff. A good week for the runner up, who is still searching for his first win on the PGA Tour since 2001.

Heath Slocum: A very steady year for Slocum, who has missed only one cut in 12 events, and it was highlighted by a fourth place finish at Sawgrass. Slocum could have let a 17th hole double-bogey on Saturday ruin his week, but fought back on Sunday with a 1-under 71 in tough conditions.


Tiger Woods: The strange year keeps on getting stranger for Tiger, who had to withdraw on Sunday after suffering a neck injury. You can't fault him for leaving for the pain, but you can once again look at his golf game, that still isn't where it needs to be. This is now the second tournament in a row that we saw Tiger fail to finish 72 holes, and now the questions will begin about his future schedule.

Henrik Stenson: Quit a different year for the 2009 Players champion, who hasn't finished in the top-30 this season, and missed the cut at both the Masters and Players. Not to outdo himself, Stenson showed up at the trophy ceremony wearing blue jeans, not really the most respectable look for the man presenting the trophy.

Lee Westwood: Another tough one for Westwood, who just can't seem to find his game on Sundays when he needs it. A 74 to close, Lee now has four top-10s this season without a victory. The double-bogey on 17 sure didn't help the cause.

Sergio Garcia: Someone joked on Saturday that one of the biggest surprises of the week was that Sergio could string together three rounds under par. That wasn't the case on Sunday, when a 78 was the final tally. Garcia still hasn't won an event since this tournament in 2008.

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