Tim Clark would have been easy to miss among dozens of PGA Tour players who poured out of a hotel ballroom after a two-hour meeting on the proposed ban of the stroke used for long putters, except he was the only guy with a suitcase.
Clark didn't bring golf clubs to Torrey Pines, only an overnight bag. He didn't play in the tournament last week, but he paid his way to San Diego just so he could be at the mandatory player meeting, the one Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson did not attend. The special guest was US Golf Association executive director Mike Davis, invited to explain the proposed rule on anchoring and to take any questions.
Clark wanted to be heard.
''I didn't realize until that night he wasn't in the field,'' golfer Lucas Glover said. ''I thought it was very courageous of him to do what he did. He flew here. He spent his own money to get here and back for something he cares about. My opinion on it doesn't matter. He spoke his mind in a respectful way. He did not lash out. ...