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Is Caitlin Clark the new face of golf, overshadowing even the likes of Scottie Scheffler?

The 2024 John Deere Classic’s field is pretty diluted. Top PGA Tour pros like Scottie Scheffler, Rory McIlroy, and more are missing. While it may have been a great thing for the less-recognized talents on the Tour, a blast from the past took attention away from the field. Who are we talking about? It is Caitlin Clark! For two years in a row, Clark has become the center of attention at TPC Deere Run, though she isn’t present for the 2024 edition.

Hence, the PGA Tour posted a video of the WNBA star from 2023 when she played the John Deere Classic’s Pro-Am with Zach Johnson and Ludvig Aberg and attracted the masses to her game like she always does.

Although she was not as exceptional in golf as she has been on the basketball court, Clark expressed that it was a great opportunity and a cool experience for her. Back then, she told the PGA Tour, “I’m a big fan of golf. I love to play it and be around it. I think it’s just really fun. Every Sunday, I usually have the TV on and am watching the PGA TOUR.” 

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The WNBA star is a casual golfer, but she cherishes these experiences. Last year, when she piped her first drive right down the middle, Clark almost made a splendid up-and-down from well below the green on the fifth. She caved in a bit on the back nine because it was an extremely humid day.

Poll of the day

Who stole the show at the PGA Tour event?

Caitlin Clark

Scottie Scheffler

Other PGA Tour Pros

None

“I needed a sub for a little bit,” Clark stated with a laugh. “I’m like, ‘Zach [Johnson], can you just hit all my shots for me.’”

 

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Who knows, this Sunday too, Clark might tune in to watch the John Deere Classic’s final round, as it is the biggest golf event in the Quad Cities. Regardless, the masses that turned up to watch the 2023 Pro-Am have missed the 22-year-old star, and after watching the throwback video, the fans were left in awe! What did they say?

Caitlin Clark is not just admired in the world of basketball!

Caitlin Clark made history on July 7th, Saturday evening after she carded the first-ever triple-double made by a rookie in the Indiana Fever franchise’s history since it was started in 2000 and in the history of the WNBA. The 22-year-old recorded 19 points, 13 assists, and 12 rebounds to assist the Fever in a victory against the New York Liberty, 83-78.

This incredible feat of Clark did not go unnoticed by this viewer, who praised the athlete’s ability to play more sports. Thus, they wrote, “Triple double/ triple bogey/ three on a par five. She does it all.”

Did you know? Before deciding on basketball as a career, Clark also played softball, volleyball, tennis, and golf.

Another user portrayed a similar emotion as they applauded Clark for her overall skills in different sports. The fan-favorite player could do the triples and, if not birdies, still putt on the greens. Thus, this user exclaimed, “Going deep from 3’s to Greens!”

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Why does Clark still play golf, though? Well, the sport demands good hand-eye coordination, just like basketball. Hence, playing golf further helps Clark on the basketball court. In fact, as per the information available, she tries to play golf at least four times a week during the off-season.

Although Clark was struggling at the 2023 TPC Deere Run and wanted Zach Johnson to take all her shots and be a sub for a moment, the few shots she took indeed impressed many fans. Despite the struggles Clark faced on TPC Deere Run, this fan overlooked it as they applauded her, saying, “And she piped it! lol lawd’a’mercy.”

Clark’s swings were not as polished as those of a pro golfer. Yet the fan-favorite player’s bit of ordinary form and swing was still a thing that fascinated the crowd. As this fan noted, Clark had a “Great swing.”

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As the final day of the John Deere Classic approaches, the fans will surely miss Caitlin Clark’s presence at TPC Deere Run. But they can surely catch her on the basketball court. In just a season, she became the fastest player to record 300 points, 100 rebounds, and 100 assists on the court. Seeing her rise in her maiden WNBA season, Clark was awarded the Rookie of the Month in May. Seeing her upward career trajectory, one fan declared Clark to be the “Rookie of the Year.” Indeed, Angel Reese had tough competition to surpass.

Would you like to see the American sensation back at TPC Deere Run for the 2025 edition? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!