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KAPALUA, Hawaii - Tim Clark knows all about pressure, and not just when hes in conte
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KAPALUA, Hawaii - Tim Clark knows all about pressure, and not just when hes in contention at a golf tournament. Cheap Air Max For Sale .Clark has had a productive career as he enters his 14th season on the PGA Tour. His two victories include The Players Championship. His six international titles include the Australian Open and Scottish Open. He has played on three Presidents Cup team.And it all started with a tryout in the North Carolina snow.For a South Africa who didnt have the pedigree of an Ernie Els or Retief Goosen, Clark never imagined how he could get to the toughest tour in golf. Travel was long and expensive. A chance to play college golf turned out to be the best thing that ever happened to him.There was another South African playing at North Carolina State, and one year his father had come over to watch Simon Hobday in the U.S. Senior Open at Pinehurst. He spoke to Wolfpack golf coach Richard Sykes about Clark, who was approaching his 20th birthday.His dad spoke to the coach and said, Listen, theres a kid in South Africa who would really like to come and play on your team right now if youd give him a chance, Clark said. So he called me up and said, You can come in the spring. If you play any good, you can stay. If you dont, sorry, your scholarship is gone. And then I made first-team All-American in the spring.But it wasnt that easy.Clark had only been to America once in his life. He came over in 1993 with Rory Sabbatini to play in the International Junior Masters (Sabbatini won). They headed over to Las Vegas for an AJGA and were asked to qualify (Clark was the only one who did). The Junior World at Torrey Pines was the next week, but Clark said South Africa was banned because of apartheid.And then he went home, until North Carolina State gave him a chance — with a caveat.I left South Africa on Christmas Day because thats the cheapest flight, Clark said. We landed and it was snowing. And I was like, Wow, Im not prepared for his. I live in weather like this (Hawaii) all year round. Coach picked me up. He had never seen me play before and he took me to hit balls — straight off the plane, in the snow. He just wanted to see what he had.Clark apparently swung the club good enough. Along with getting off to an All-American start that spring, he won the U.S. Amateur Public Links the next year and played in the 1998 Masters. He turned pro later that year, spent two years on the Nationwide Tour, won twice in 2000 to the PGA Tour and was on his way.The biggest opportunity I had in my career was to go there and play, Clark said.Its not an unusual path for international players. Colin Montgomerie went to Houston Baptist. Luke Donald went to Northwestern, earned a degree in art and won an NCAA title. Graeme McDowell played at Alabama-Birmingham.Back then, it was rarer for South Africans given the distance and lack of attention unless young Springboks could make frequent trips to America.When we grew up, the PGA Tour was like an afterthought, Clark said. You never thought that was even a possibility. I was lucky to come over to college and have that opportunity. For most of us, that was so far-fetched. Financially, its a big thing to come from South Africa to play Q-school. Guys cant afford it. For me, that was probably the biggest break I ever had in my career.___MONDAY FINISH: The Hyundai Tournament of Champions is the second PGA Tour event that ends on a Monday. The other is the Deutsche Bank Championship, which has ended on Labor Day since its inception in 2003 and it works beautifully with the Boston community.As for Kapalua? The decision to switch to a Monday finish didnt make sense four years ago, and it doesnt make sense now.For sure, the tour wants to get away from the NFL playoffs. But the NFL is not played on Sunday night — the second game ends about 8 p.m. EST — and that would be ideal for the frigid part of the mainland to watch the final round from Kapalua with scenic shots of surf and humpbacks. Instead, its only the third round. The final round Monday ends before the college championship game. But the guess here is that most fans arent watching golf, theyre watching the pre-game show.Worse yet, it cuts into the following week at the Sony Open, a loyal sponsor that is not treated like one by giving it a shorter week.___CHANGING TIMES: When the Tournament of Champions first came to Kapalua in 1999, there were 13 major champions in the 30-man field. There are four major champions in the 34-man field this year.Of course, some of those 13 major champions make 1999 seem a long time ago. The field included Tom Watson and Scott Simpson. The regular winners included Brandel Chamblee. Air Max From China . -- Kyrie Irvings last-minute 3-pointer helped seal another victory for Cleveland -- and the Cavaliers longest winning streak since LeBron James left. Clearance Air Max . The alley-oop looked easy -- just like everything else after halftime for the Miami Heat. James scored 32 points, Wade added 22 points and eight assists, and the Heat trailed by 11 early in the second half before running away to a 107-88 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday night. https://www.airmaxchina.us/ . McCutchen hit his first home run in over a month, doubled twice and scored two runs to help the Pirates beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3 on Sunday and take three of four from the defending NL West champions.Riyad Mahrez is fit to face Newcastle as their new manager Rafael Benitez takes his side to Leicester on Monday Night Football. The winger is available to Claudio Ranieri despite being forced off with an apparent hamstring injury against Watford after scoring the winner in the 1-0 victory at Vicarage Road.Benitez takes charge of Newcastle for the first time since replacing Steve McClaren on Friday, with his side second bottom of the Premier League table. Rafa Benitez was appointed as Newcastle manager on Friday, replacing Steve McClaren They have lost 17 of their last 21 top-flight away matches, but head to the King Power Stadium with the opportunity to leapfrog local rivals Sunderland with the Tyne-Wear derby to come next Sunday, also live on Sky Sports 1 HD. Ed Chamberlin is joined by Paul Merson to discuss Leicesters Monday Night Football game with Newcastle Team newsAs well as Mahrez, there is more good news for the hosts as Matty James has returned to full training following a serious knee injury. He has missed all of the season so far but is unlikely to be risked. Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri says Newcastle need to beat them if they want to avoid relegation Benitez will assess his players ahead of the match, but will not have left-back Paul Dummett at his disposal after he aggravated a hamstring problem during last weekends 3-1 home defeat to Bournemouth. Skipper Fabricio Coloccini remains a doubt with a calf injury. Paul Dummett will not be available to Benitez on Monday Andros Townsend will hope to have shaken off the hamstring issue that has kept him out of the last two games, but goalkeeper Tim Krul (knee), defenders Chancel Mbemba (ankle), Massadio Haidara (knee) and Kevin Mbabu (thigh) and midfielder Gabriel Obertan (hamstring) remain on the sidelines. Former Newcastle defender Steve Howey talks about how the Magpies can beat Premier League leaders Leicester Opta statsThe Foxes have won the last two Premier League games against Newcastle after winning none of the previous seven (D3 L4), and the hosts have lost just one of their last 17 games at the King Power Stadium (W11 D5 L1). Danny Simpson reflects on an amazing season for Leicester City Ranieris team has kept a clean sheet in five of their last six top-flight home matches, but conceded two goals in their last league game there (2-2 v WBA). Cheap Real Air Max. Sky Sports News HQ reporter Pete Colley builds up to Monday Night Football The Magpies have scored just eight goals in their last 20 away league games, failing to score at all in 13 of these matches. Leicester beat Newcastle in their previous meeting at St James Park Newcastle have lost their last eight league matches played on a Monday and have failed to score in the last five. All eight of these have been away from home. Pete Colley is behind the scenes at Leicester City with their supporter liaison officer Mahrez has been involved in a league-high 26 Premier League goals this season (15 goals, 11 assists) and is the only player to be in double figures for both goals and assists. Relegation run-in Premier League relegation battle: Newcastle, Sunderland, Norwich and Aston Villas run-ins analysed Mersons predictionI fancy Leicester strongly because theres just as much pressure on Newcastle, and if they win on Monday I think Leicester put Arsenal to bed. They are eight points clear at the moment, and if they win this game they will be 11 clear and Arsenal have a game in hand. Ranieri has Leicester top of the Premier League If Arsenal take six points from their three difficult away games - against Everton, West Ham and Man City - theyve done very well. Those six points take them five behind Leicester and Leicester would have two games in hand. I dont see how Arsenal can make it up. Riyad Mahrez is fit to face Newcastle after recovering from cramp against Watford I watched Newcastle play Bournemouth last week and if they play anything like that again, this will be all over at half-time. I worry for them a lot. Bournemouth were so far advanced last week, and it was just scary considering the amount of money theyve spent.PAUL PREDICTS: 3-1 (Sky Bet, 11/1) In October 1996, Newcastle went to Filbert Street as league leaders and on the back of a 5-0 demolishing of Manchester United. Watch what happened... 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