Stewart Cink

Stewart Ernest Cink (born May 21, 1973) is an American professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour. He won the 2009 Open Championship, 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.[2][3]

Stewart Cink
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Cink at the 2017 Valero Texas Open
Personal information
Full nameStewart Ernest Cink
Born (1973-05-21) May 21, 1973 (age 47)
Huntsville, Alabama
Height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st)
Nationality United States
ResidenceDuluth, Georgia
Career
CollegeGeorgia Tech
Turned professional1995
Current tour(s)PGA Tour (joined 1997)
Former tour(s)Nike Tour
Professional wins14
Highest ranking5 (July 6, 2008)[1]
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour7
European Tour2
Korn Ferry Tour3
Other4
Best results in major championships
(wins: 1)
Masters TournamentT3: 2008
PGA ChampionshipT3: 1999
U.S. Open3rd: 2001
The Open ChampionshipWon: 2009
Achievements and awards
Nike Tour
leading money winner
1996
Nike Tour
Player of the Year
1996
PGA Tour
Rookie of the Year
1997
Payne Stewart Award2017

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.

Professional careerEdit

After winning the Mexican Open and three events on the Nike Tour (now the Korn Ferry 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.[4]

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.[5]

Cink struggled on the PGA Tour since winning the 2009 Open Championship. He played the 2016–17 season using a career money list exemption.

Each fall, Cink co-hosts the East Lake Invitational with Billy Andrade at East Lake Golf Club which benefits the East Lake Foundation.

On September 13, 2020, Cink won the Safeway Open for his first win since the 2009 Open Championship.[6]

Personal lifeEdit

Cink and his wife, Lisa, have two sons, Connor and Reagan. Cink is a Christian.[7][8]

Professional wins (14)Edit

PGA Tour wins (7)Edit

Legend
Major championships (1)
World Golf Championships (1)
Other PGA Tour (5)
No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 Jul 27, 1997 Canon Greater Hartford Open −13 (69-67-65-66=267) 1 stroke   Tom Byrum,   Brandel Chamblee,
  Jeff Maggert
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
7 Sep 13, 2020 Safeway Open −21 (67-70-65-65=267) 2 strokes   Harry Higgs

PGA Tour playoff record (2–2)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
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: −2 (4-3-4-3=14),
Watson: +4 (5-3-7-5=20)

Nike Tour wins (3)Edit

Legend
Tour Championships (1)
Other Nike Tour (2)
No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
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.

Nike Tour playoff record (1–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1996 Nike San Jose Open   Bobby Elliott,   Larry Silveira Silveira won with birdie on first extra hole
2 1996 Nike Ozarks Open   R. W. Eaks Won with birdie on third extra hole

Latin American wins (2)Edit

Other wins (2)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runners-up
1 Jun 19, 2007 CVS Caremark Charity Classic
(with   J. J. Henry)
−20 (60-62=122) 1 stroke   Brad Faxon and   Zach Johnson
2 Dec 15, 2013 PNC Father-Son Challenge
(with son Connor Cink)
−22 (61-61=122) 3 strokes   Steve Elkington and son Sam Elkington,
  Vijay Singh and son Qass Singh

Other playoff record (0–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponents Result
1 2002 CVS Charity Classic
(with   David Toms)
  Chris DiMarco and   Dudley Hart Lost to birdie on third extra hole

Major championshipsEdit

Wins (1)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

1Defeated Watson in a four-hole aggregate playoff; Cink (4-3-4-3=14), Watson (5-3-7-5=20).

Results timelineEdit

Tournament 1996 1997 1998 1999
Masters Tournament CUT T23 T27
U.S. Open T16 T13 T10 T32
The Open Championship T66 CUT
PGA Championship CUT CUT T3
Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Masters Tournament T28 CUT T24 T17 T20 10 T17 T3 CUT
U.S. Open T8 3 CUT T28 CUT T15 T37 CUT T14 T27
The Open Championship T41 T30 T59 T34 T14 CUT CUT T6 CUT 1
PGA Championship T15 T59 T10 CUT T17 T28 T24 T32 CUT T67
Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Masters Tournament CUT CUT T50 T25 T14
U.S. Open T40 CUT CUT CUT T54 T46
The Open Championship T48 T30 CUT T26 T47 T20 CUT T24
PGA Championship T18 CUT CUT CUT CUT T4
Tournament 2019
Masters Tournament CUT
PGA Championship
U.S. Open
The Open Championship T20
  Win
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied

SummaryEdit

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 1 1 2 9 18 12
PGA Championship 0 0 1 2 3 6 19 11
U.S. Open 0 0 1 1 3 7 20 14
The Open Championship 1 0 0 1 2 6 21 15
Totals 1 0 3 5 10 28 78 52
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 7 (1999 Masters – 2000 PGA)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (ten times)

Results in The Players ChampionshipEdit

Tournament 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
The Players Championship T42 CUT T33 CUT CUT T39 T22 T32 CUT T3 T21 T76 CUT T19 T64 CUT T38 CUT CUT CUT
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the halfway cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place

World Golf ChampionshipsEdit

Wins (1)Edit

Year Championship 54 holes Winning score Margin Runners-up
2004 WGC-NEC Invitational 5 shot lead −11 (63-68-68-70=269) 4 strokes   Rory Sabbatini,   Tiger Woods

Results timelineEdit

Tournament 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
Match Play R16 R64 R64 R64 R32 QF R64 R16 2 3 QF R32
Championship T4 NT1 T23 T46 T13 T45 T20 T59 T37
Invitational 7 T13 T47 T61 1 T41 2 T56 T43 T6 T19 T45
Champions T51

1Cancelled due to 9/11

  Win
  Top 10
  Did not play

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

Professional

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Week 27 2008 Ending 6 Jul 2008" (pdf). OWGR. Retrieved December 20, 2018.
  2. ^ "69 Players Who Have Reached The Top-10 In World Ranking" (PDF). Official World Golf Ranking. Retrieved October 29, 2013.
  3. ^ "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.
  4. ^ "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.
  5. ^ Orlovac, Mark (July 19, 2009). "Cink dashes Watson's Open dreams". BBC Sport. Retrieved July 19, 2009.
  6. ^ Wagaman, Michael (September 13, 2020). "47-year-old Stewart Cink rallies to win Safeway Open". Associated Press. Retrieved September 14, 2020.
  7. ^ "Putting First Things First".
  8. ^ "Golf helps men share faith".

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