Elbow woes for Tim Clark

2011-04-08 11:11
Tim Clark (AP)
Augusta - Tim Clark made it through the first round with his ailing elbow. Whether he can play another round, though, won't be known until Friday.

"I'm not sure if I can play tomorrow (Friday)," Clark said after shooting an opening one-over 73. "It's pretty bad."

The South African has been hurting since returning from Honolulu in January and waking up with a throbbing elbow after his first night at home. A cortisone shot didn't help and he pulled out of Pebble Beach the next month after trying to swing on the practice range.

The injury has baffled doctors, though Clark said earlier in the week that they now believe it might be caused by a pinched nerve in his neck. He's taking anti-inflammatory medication, but Clark said it has done little to help the pain.

Clark said he decided to play this week because it's the Masters. And, while 73 was not the score he was hoping for, it wasn't as bad as he thought it might have been.

"I've still got a chance here," he said. "But if it gets to a point where I can't swing, I just can't swing."

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