Tim Clark gets Presidents Cup role

Clark with his 2008 Australian Open title at Royal Sydney

SOUTH Africa’s Tim Clark is out of Presidents Cup contention due to pending elbow surgery but has received a reprieve from International Captain Greg Norman.

After a private meeting of potential International Team members during this week’s PGA Championship at the Atlanta Athletic Club in Atlanta, Georgia, Norman announced that Clark would join Frank Nobilo as a Captain’s assistant.

The 2011 Presidents Cup will be played in Australia from November 15-20 at The Royal Melbourne Golf Club.

“Tim brings a lot of Presidents Cup experience to the position, having been a member of three previous International Teams, including the one I captained in 2009, where he was an inspiration to all his fellow team members for his performance and incredible team spirit, which is so vital in seeking a victory,” Norman said this week.

“When he and I spoke a few weeks ago, he confided in me on the status of his medical dilemma, and I quickly realized he would not be able to compete due to pending surgery that is necessary for him to return to his winning ways. With this, I came to the conclusion after consultation with Frank, that he would be an enormous asset to me, Frank, and to the team in the role of captain’s assistant.”

Clark made his Presidents Cup debut in 2003 when he was selected as a Captain’s Pick by International Team Captain Gary Player. Overall, Clark has compiled a 5-2-8 record in the three Presidents Cup competitions.

“It was a tough decision to accept that I would not be able to compete at Royal Melbourne later this year due my elbow surgery,” said Clark. “But my spirits took a turn for the best when Greg asked me to join him and Frank Nobilo as a captain’s assistant. If I can’t swing the club myself to help the International Team achieve a victory, I’ll certainly do all I can in the team room to help the rest of my fellow players.”

This will be the first time that each captain will have two official assistants, a change announced last year when US Captain Fred Couples and Norman were named captains again for 2011. Couples will bring back Jay Haas and Michael Jordan as his two captain’s assistants from the victorious 2009 team.

The Presidents Cup is a biennial team match play competition featuring 24 of the world’s top golfers – 12 from the United States and 12 from around the world, excluding Europe.

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