Who's who: Stewart Cink

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Who's who: Stewart Cink

  • Name:

    Stewart Ernest Cink
  • Country:

    USA
  • Born:

    May 21, 1973 in Huntsville, Madison County, Alabama.
  • Original/Home Club:

    Huntsville, Alabama
  • Occupation:

    Professional golfer
  • Turned Pro:

    1995

Roll of Honour

MAJORS (1). Ryder Cup player (2002, '04, '06, '08, '10). Presidents Cup player (2000, '05, '07, '09). Multiple wins on the PGA Tour.

Did you know?

Stewart Cink graduated from Georgia Tech in Atlanta in 1995 with a degree in Management; he turned professional as a golfer in the same year. Cink will forever be remembered for his playoff win in the 2009 Open Championship, which denied his opponent Tom Watson the opportunity of becoming the oldest golfer ever to win The Open (Watson was aged 59).

Top tournaments won by Stewart Cink

2021
America
265 (-19)
$1,278,000
RBC

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Cink, Stewart

Score

265 (-19)

Prize money

$1,278,000

Title sponsor

RBC

Played as the RBC Heritage (Apr 15-18). Second-placed Harold Varner III (USA) and Emiliano Grillo (Arg) finished 4 shots behind 47-year-old Stewart Cink (USA), who, with his son Reagan on the bag, claimed his third win in this event. [Harbour Town Links, Sea Pines Resort, Hilton Head, SC].

2020
America
267 (-21)
$1,188,000
Safeway

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Cink, Stewart

Score

267 (-21)

Prize money

$1,188,000

Title sponsor

Safeway

Played as the Safeway Open (Sept 10-13; PGA Tour 2020/21 season opener). Second-placed Harry Higgs (USA) finished 2 shots behind 47-year-old Stewart Cink (USA), who won for the first time since his 2009 victory at the Open Championship. [North course, Silverado Resort, Napa, CA].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Cink, Stewart

Score

121 (-23)

Prize money

$200,000

Title sponsor

PNC

Played as the PNC Father/Son Challenge (Dec 14/15; post-season 36-hole scramble event). Second-placed Steve & Sam Elkington (Aus) and Vijay & Qass Singh (Fiji) finished 3 shots behind Stewart & Connor Cink (USA). [Ritz-Carlton GC, Grande Lakes, Orlando, FL].

2009
Majors
278 (-2)
£750,000
R&A

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Cink, Stewart

Score

278 (-2)

Prize money

£750,000

Title sponsor

R&A

The Open Championship (138th) (July 16-19). First-time major championship winner Cink (USA) beat Tom Watson (USA) in a 4-hole playoff: Cink 14 (-2), Watson 20 (+4). Watson's bogey at the 72nd hole cost him the chance to become the oldest Open Champion and Major winner at 59-years old. [Ailsa course, Turnberry Resort, Ayrshire].

2008
America
262 (-18)
$1,080,000
Travelers

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Cink, Stewart

Score

262 (-18)

Prize money

$1,080,000

Title sponsor

Travelers

Played as the Travelers Championship (June 19-22). Second-placed Tommy Armour III (USA) and defending champion Hunter Mahan (USA) finished 1 shot behind Stewart Cink (USA), who recorded his second win in this event and fifth PGA Tour win overall. [TPC River Highlands, Cromwell, CT].

2004
WGC
269 (-11)
$1,200,000
NEC

Category

WGC

Winner (holder)

Cink, Stewart

Score

269 (-11)

Prize money

$1,200,000

Title sponsor

NEC

Played as the WGC-NEC Invitational (Aug 19-22). Second-placed Tiger Woods (USA) and Rory Sabbatini (RSA) finished 4 shots behind Cink (USA), who recorded his first win in a World Golf Championships event. [South course, Firestone CC, Akron, Ohio].

2004
America
274 (-10)
$864,000
MCI

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Cink, Stewart

Score

274 (-10)

Prize money

$864,000

Title sponsor

MCI

Played as the MCI Heritage (April 15-18). Cink (USA) beat Ted Purdy (USA) with a birdie at the fifth playoff hole. Cink shot a final round 64 to set-up the playoff. [Harbour Town Links, Sea Pines Resort, Hilton Head, SC].

2000
America
270 (-14)
$540,000
MCI

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Cink, Stewart

Score

270 (-14)

Prize money

$540,000

Title sponsor

MCI

Played as the MCI Classic (April 13-16). Second-placed Tom Lehman (USA) finished 2 shots behind Cink (USA). [Harbour Town Links, Sea Pines Resort, Hilton Head, SC].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Cink, Stewart

Score

271

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Mexican Open (Abierto Mexicano de Golf). Oscar Serna (Mex) finished in second place behind Cink (USA), who claimed his second win in this event. [Club de Golf Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico].

1997
Awards
$809,580
see Score
PGA Tour

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Cink, Stewart

Venue

Score

$809,580

Prize money

see Score

Title sponsor

PGA Tour

Cink (USA) won the PGA Tour 1997 Rookie of the Year Award as the leading first-season player. He finished 29th on the Tour's money list, with earnings of $809,580.

1997
America
267 (-13)
$270,000
Canon

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Cink, Stewart

Score

267 (-13)

Prize money

$270,000

Title sponsor

Canon

Played as the Canon Greater Hartford Open (July 24-27). Second-placed Tom Byrum (USA), Jeff Maggert (USA) and Brandel Chamblee (USA) finished 1 shot behind 24-year-old Stewart Cink (USA), who recorded his first PGA Tour win. [TPC River Highlands, Cromwell, CT].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Cink, Stewart

Score

272

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Mexican Open (Abierto Mexicano de Golf). Bob Tway (USA) finished in second place behind Cink (USA). [Club de Golf Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico].

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