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Players' Championship Winner Commits to Play John Deere

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The John Deere Classic today announced that Tim Clark, winner of this year's Players Championship, has committed to the 2010 John Deere Classic, July 5-11, at TPC Deere Run.

"We are very excited to have Tim Clark in our field again this year," said John Deere Classic tournament director Clair Peterson.  "Tim is a world-class player who brings a high-quality international presence to our event.  He also has a very good record here."
As a 2009 Presidents Cup International team member, Clair is qualified for the British Open and plans to take advantage of the John Deere Classic's charter to St. Andrews.
On Sunday (May 9), Clark shot a 5-under par 67 at TPC Sawgrass to edge Robert Allenby by one stroke and claim his first PGA TOUR victory since joining the circuit in 2001.  The 34-year-old South African played the final 26 holes without a bogey and recorded the largest 36-hole comeback margin in Stadium Course history.  His rounds were 68-71-66--67--262 for a 16-under par total.  
Before his maiden U.S. victory, Clark had recorded eight runner-up finishes in 203 previous events, including the 2006 Masters, the 2007 John Deere Classic (where Jonathan Byrd won), and earlier this season at the Bob Hope in Palm Springs.  His win on Sunday came against one of golf's best fields.  
The 5-foot, 7-inch, 165-pound Clark won $1.71 million at The Players and now is fourth on the PGA TOUR money list.  He ranks fifth in FedEx Cup points.
Clark's prior victories cam on the European Tour in South Africa (2002 South African Open; 2005 South African Airways Open), and Scotland (2005 Scottish Open).
Sunday was his fourth top 10 finish this season in 11 tournaments.  He has finished in the top 25 six times.
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