Stewart Cink finished with a 2 shot lead at 21 under par, closing the day at seven-under 65, on Sunday at the Safeway Open to win his first title in 11 years.
Cink’s last win was at the Open Championship back in 2009 where he beat 59-year old Tom Watson. Harry Higgs finished at 19 under for second place while Doc Redman, Brian Stuard, Chez Reavie, and Kevin Streelman share third place at 18 under.
The 47-year old began his day two shots behind the lead but was well placed to take on the lead at any time. He made his third birdie at the 11th hole and fumbled at the 12th hole.
But the veteran golfer quickly recovered and made his sixth birdie of the day at the 15th hole, making another birdie at the 16th. It was at the 17th, a par-4 hole, that he made his first mistake of the day, and his second throughout the tournament. But Cink had made up his mind to win that day and he made a birdie at the 18th hole to claim victory and win the event.
Cink, who had his son Reagan caddie for him, claimed his seventh PGA Tour Title 23 years after he won his first. His absence from golf was largely because he was by his wife’s side as she battled with cancer.
Speaking after Sunday’s round, an overwhelmed Cink sounded very grateful for not just his victory but his position in life; “the last four or five holes of a PGA Tour event, your name’s on top of the leaderboard, but think about it, I’ve got my son caddieing for me, my wife is in almost five‑year remission now and she’s walking out there just on the side of the ropes, and at 47 I’m able to compete at the highest level and now not just compete, but win.”