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The 2010 Players Championship will forever be remembered as the one Tiger Woods withdrew from after playing six full holes of golf on a Sunday. South African Tim Clark will essentially be the answer to a trivia question. Who won The Players the year Tiger pulled out with a supposed neck injury? My point is proven by the headline on a major network’s website – “Tiger leaves Players with injury.” Next to it is “Clark wins.”

It’s a shame because the victory is Clark’s first on the PGA Tour. Clark joins 2002 champion Craig Perks as the only two golfers to make The Players their first PGA Tour win. Clark, who finished tied for ninth at last year’s Players, has been the runner-up at eight tournaments in the United States. Prior to Sunday, he held the distinction as being the highest-ranked player on the career money list without a PGA Tour win – at $14.72 million. From 2004 to 2008, Clark had little fortune at the Stadium Course. He missed four cuts and recorded a tie for 68th. International golfers have won the last three Players – Clark, Henrik Stenson and Sergio Garcia.

Woods answered 10 questions at his post-quitting press conference. He cited pain on just the right side of his neck, which, according to him, he has been playing with since before the Masters. Woods said the pain hits him when he begins his swinging motion. He plans on getting an MRI next week. Woods predicts it is a bulging disc. Possibly an injury sustained in late November 2009?

After Davis Love III shot a 4-under 68 on Sunday, he had his post-round press conference. The last question asked of him dealt with Woods’ dropping out of the final round. Love III commented, “It’s funny that he [Woods] and I were talking about my neck injury earlier in the week and that I needed to work out more. We were talking about working out some together, and he pulls out for the same thing that bothers me.” Love III, a two-time Players champion, added, “I know how he feels. It’s a scary feeling when your fingers are tingling and you’re hitting shots and getting headaches. It is a weird feeling. You don’t know what to do.” I guess I am just a tad surprised that Woods never previously mentioned this “pre-Masters” ailment.

I do not gush about sports broadcasters or writers that often, but I enjoy Dan Patrick any time he is on radio or television. I think I have pinpointed why I respect and am entertained by his work. He exudes classy confidence on air.

On Wednesday, Michael Lombardi, writer for National Football Post, gave his thoughts on the Jacksonville Jaguars’ offseason. Overall, Lombardi wrote about Jacksonville’s struggles on defense and their four-game losing streak to end the season. Most notably, he closed the piece with – “For the Jags to have any chance, they need to keep adding players, and they must find a viable veteran as their backup quarterback or run the risk their season might fall apart.” It seems like nobody has faith in quarterback David Garrard.

Yahoo! Sports’ Jason Cole wrote a piece on Friday about how today’s NFL teams need true depth at wide receiver. Specifically, he honed in on the Jaguars’ Mike Sims-Walker. Cole, who I consider a top-five NFL writer, titled the editorial – “Sims-Walker not enough to elevate Jags.” The key quote Cole got out off Sims-Walker was about former Jaguars receivers Matt Jones and Reggie Williams as compared to future Hall of Famer Torry Holt. “With Reggie and Matt, it was all about Sunday, that’s all they worried about. With Torry, it was all about doing every little thing you possibly could to be ready for Sunday. Get it right in practice. If you had an extra hour for film study, get in there and do it, even on a Saturday night before a game.” It’s telling, but not a shock.

What percentage of alleged baseball fans had heard of Oakland Athletics pitcher Dallas Braden, who pitched a perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays, prior to Sunday?

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Richard Miller is a national broadcaster for Jacksonville Jaguars’ home games on Sporting News Radio.

Additionally, he can be heard on ABC 1320 WBOB in Jacksonville and 103.7 FM at the Jacksonville Beaches at 5:45 p.m. on Wednesdays with The Jacksonville Observer Radio Show. Richard also hosts Inside the Game every Saturday from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on WBOB.

Currently, Richard is writing David Lamm’s biography entitled Lamm at Large: The David Lamm Story, which will be available in 2010.

Follow Richard’s daily blog on The Jacksonville Observer.

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