March 22, 2024

PGA Tour star makes honest admission after cheating claims – ‘didn’t look great’ | Golf | Sport


PGA Tour star Wyndham Clark has defended himself against allegations of cheating at the recent Arnold Palmer Invitational. Saying he had “no ill intents” but recognised it didn’t “look great”.

So far, Clark has been a star performer this season on the PGA Tour, claiming victory at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and securing runners-up finishes at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and Players Championship. But his showcase performance at the Arnold Palmer left a sour taste as accusations of cheating during his third round came to light.

The controversy sparked when TV footage showed him placing his iron on the ground in a way that seemed to move the ball and grass whilst playing from the thick Bay Hill rough. The U. S Open champion was quickly accused of intentionally improving his lie, however he has since fought back against these accusations.

He spoke to Fox News Digital saying, “It is unfortunate, because I had no ill intent to try to cheat or improve my lie,”. Adding, “I didn’t even know anything had happened until I got into the scoring tent, and that’s when they showed me the video.” 

Upon re-watching the play, Clark acknowledged “You see the video, and you’re like, ‘Oh man, that doesn’t look great’. It’s unfortunate that it looks poorly, but I really had no ill intents.” 

Despite how it appeared, he stood by his actions stating that per rule 8.1b (4), he was allowed to, ground the club lightly right in front of or right behind the ball.

“In my defence, you’re allowed to put your club down and see your lie,” he added. “It is what it is, and hopefully in a few weeks it passes by. But I’ve never tried to cheat in the game of golf, and hopefully people don’t think of me that way. I just think the camera was zoomed in and made it look worse than it really was.”

Clark shared his thoughts immediately after the incident, saying at the time: “I actually had no idea that that even happened. They told me in the scoring tent. Showed me the video. I wasn’t trying to do anything like cheating or anything like that or improve my lie. I just simply put my club down.

“And, you know, they zoom in and it makes it look worse. We all talked about it. Scottie and the rules officials didn’t think it moved. So fortunately, that didn’t happen. So yeah, I was unaware of that until I got in.”

Clark’s troubles continue as he has been defeated twice by Scottie Scheffler. Clark faced another blow when he missed a birdie putt on the final hole of the Players Championship.

This meant he couldn’t force a playoff with Scheffler, leading to back-to-back wins for the world No. 1. Alongside this, Clark is also lagging behind Scheffler in the FedEx Cup standings. In the race that spans across the season, these two are currently the front-runners.



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