Stewart Ernest Cink (born May 21, 1973) is an American professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour. He won the 2009 Open Championship, famously defeating 59 year-old Tom Watson in a four-hole aggregate playoff. He spent over 40 weeks in the top 10 of the Official World Golf Ranking from 2004 to 2009, reaching a career best ranking of 5th in 2008.
|Full name||Stewart Ernest Cink|
|Born||May 21, 1973|
|Height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight||205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st)|
|Current tour(s)||PGA Tour (joined 1997)|
|Number of wins by tour|
|Best results in major championships|
|Masters Tournament||T3: 2008|
|U.S. Open||3rd: 2001|
|The Open Championship||Won: 2009|
|PGA Championship||T3: 1999|
|Achievements and awards|
leading money winner
Player of the Year
Rookie of the Year
|Payne Stewart Award||2017|
Early years and educationEdit
Cink was born in Huntsville, Alabama, and grew up in nearby Florence, where he attended Bradshaw High School. After completing high school in 1991, he graduated from Georgia Tech in Atlanta in 1995 with a degree in Management, where he played golf for the Yellow Jackets; he turned professional in 1995.
After winning the Mexican Open and three events on the Nike Tour (now the Web.com Tour) in 1996, Cink joined the PGA Tour in 1997 and won the Canon Greater Hartford Open in his rookie season. Cink performed consistently on the Tour over the next few years, picking up another win at the 2000 MCI Classic. Until his victory in the Open Championship in 2009, 2004 was his most successful season, with a fifth-place finish on the money list and wins at the MCI Heritage and at the WGC-NEC Invitational, which is one of the World Golf Championships events.
On February 24, 2008, Cink was the runner-up in the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship played in Marana, Arizona, falling 8 & 7 in the 36-hole final to top-ranked Tiger Woods. In June 2008, he reached his highest ever ranking, sixth, in the Official World Golf Rankings with his victory at the Travelers Championship in suburban Hartford.
On July 19, 2009, Cink won his first major title at the 138th Open Championship at Turnberry, Scotland, defeating 59-year-old, five-time champion Tom Watson by six strokes in a four-hole playoff. Cink had birdied the 72nd hole while Watson bogeyed, which forced the playoff.
Cink has struggled on the PGA Tour since winning the 2009 Open Championship. He is playing the 2016–17 season using a career money list exemption.
Professional wins (13)Edit
PGA Tour wins (6)Edit
|Major championship (1)|
|World Golf Championship (1)|
|Other PGA Tour (4)|
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of
|1||Jul 27, 1997||Canon Greater Hartford Open||−13 (69-67-65-66=267)||1 stroke|| Tom Byrum, Brandel Chamblee,|
|2||Apr 16, 2000||MCI Classic||−14 (71-68-66-65=270)||2 strokes||Tom Lehman|
|3||Apr 18, 2004||MCI Heritage (2)||−10 (72-69-69-64=274)||Playoff||Ted Purdy|
|4||Aug 22, 2004||WGC-NEC Invitational||−11 (63-68-68-70=269)||4 strokes||Rory Sabbatini, Tiger Woods|
|5||Jun 22, 2008||Travelers Championship (2)||−18 (66-64-65-67=262)||1 stroke||Tommy Armour III, Hunter Mahan|
|6||Jul 19, 2009||The Open Championship||−2 (66-72-71-69=278)||Playoff||Tom Watson|
PGA Tour playoff record (2–2)
|1||1998||Canon Greater Hartford Open||Olin Browne, Larry Mize||Browne won with birdie on first extra hole|
|2||2004||MCI Heritage||Ted Purdy||Won with birdie on fifth extra hole|
|3||2006||WGC-Bridgestone Invitational||Tiger Woods||Lost to birdie on fourth extra hole|
|4||2009||The Open Championship||Tom Watson||Won four-hole aggregate playoff:|
Cink 4-3-4-3=14 (−2), Watson 5-3-7-5=20 (+4)
Nike Tour wins (3)Edit
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of
|1||Jun 23, 1996||Nike Ozarks Open||−16 (68-67-69-68=272)||Playoff||R. W. Eaks|
|2||Sep 8, 1996||Nike Colorado Classic||−16 (67-68-67-66=268)||1 stroke||David Berganio, Jr., Michael Christie|
|3||Oct 20, 1996||Nike Tour Championship||−7 (66-71-71-73=281)||4 strokes||David Berganio, Jr.|
Other wins (4)Edit
|Year||Championship||54 holes||Winning score||Margin||Runner-up|
|2009||The Open Championship||3 shot deficit||−2 (66-72-71-69=278)||Playoff1||Tom Watson|
1 Defeated Watson in a four-hole aggregate playoff: Cink (4-3-4-3=14), Watson (5-3-7-5=20)
|The Open Championship||T66||CUT|
|The Open Championship||T41||T30||T59||T34||T14||CUT||CUT||T6||CUT||1|
|The Open Championship||T48||T30||CUT||T26||T47||T20||CUT||T24|
|The Open Championship|
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
|The Open Championship||1||0||0||1||2||5||20||14|
- Most consecutive cuts made – 7 (1999 Masters – 2000 PGA)
- Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (ten times)
World Golf ChampionshipsEdit
|Year||Championship||54 holes||Winning score||Margin of victory||Runners-up|
|2004||WGC-NEC Invitational||5 shot lead||−11 (63-68-68-70=269)||4 strokes||Rory Sabbatini, Tiger Woods|
|Accenture Match Play Championship||R16||R64||R64||R64||R32||QF||R64||R16||2|
|Accenture Match Play Championship||3||QF||R32|
1Cancelled due to September 11, 2001 attacks
QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = tied
NT = No Tournament
Note that the HSBC Champions did not become a WGC event until 2009.
U.S. national team appearancesEdit
- "69 Players Who Have Reached The Top-10 In World Ranking" (PDF). Official World Golf Ranking. Retrieved October 29, 2013.
- "Players who have reached the Top Ten in the Official World Golf Ranking since 1986". European Tour Official Guide 09 (38th ed.). PGA European Tour. 2009. p. 558.
- "Week 25 – Stewart Cink Wins the Travelers Championship and Climbs to Career High World Number Six". Official World Golf Ranking. Archived from the original on May 1, 2009. Retrieved October 29, 2013.
- Orlovac, Mark (July 19, 2009). "Cink dashes Watson's Open dreams". BBC Sport. Retrieved July 19, 2009.
- "Putting First Things First".
- "Golf helps men share faith".
- https://virtualglobetrotting.com/map/stewart-cinks-house/view/bing/ Cink House