Prior to the summer of 2009 Stewart Cink had spent the majority of his career on the PGA Tour as a “fly-under the radar” kind of guy. Even though Stewart had won 5 PGA Tour events and competed in numerous President’s Cup and Ryder Cup matches he was perhaps equally as well known for the title he let get away, the 2001 U.S. Open. But Cink’s breakthrough as a major championship winner when he defeated Tom Watson at the 2009 Open Championship has thrust Stewart into golf’s limelight of elite players. He still remains the down to earth person he always has been though…with the biggest change being he’s a lot busier now.
STEWART CINK Player Stats
PGA TOUR Victories
(6) 1997 Canon Greater Hartford Open. 2000 MCI Classic. 2004 MCI Heritage, World Golf Championships-NEC Invitational. 2008 Travelers Championship. 2009 British Open Championship.
Nationwide Tour Victories
(3) 1996 NIKE Ozarks Open, NIKE Colorado Classic, NIKE TOUR Championship.
(2): 1996 Mexican Open. 1999 Mexican Open.
(2): 2006 Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge [with Zach Johnson and Scott Verplank]. 2007 CVS Caremark Charity Classic [with J.J. Henry].
Current Year PGA TOUR Highlights - 2010
His ninth-place finish at the SBS Championship was the best of the four major winners from 2009 in the field. Finished the event six strokes behind tournament winner Geoff Ogilvy
First three matches at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship went either 18 holes or extra holes before losing in the quarter finals, 5 and 4, to eventual runner-up Paul Casey. His T5 finish followed a third at Accenture in 2009 and a runner-up finish in 2008.
Best PGA TOUR Finishes
1-- Canon Greater Hartford Open, MCI Classic, MCI Heritage, World Golf Championships-NEC Invitational, Travelers Championship, British Open Championship.
T5-- World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship.
9-- SBS Championship.
2009 Season Highlights
Won his first major championship title at the British Open, outdueling Tom Watson, and finished in the top 30 (28) of the FedExCup for a third straight year.
Posted first top-10 of the season with a 1-up win over Ross Fisher in the third-place match at the Accenture Match Play Championship, holing a bunker shot at the 18th for victory.
T8 at the Memorial Tournament, finishing 5-under for the tournament.
Made a 12-foot birdie on the final hole of regulation and then took advantage of Tom Watson's missed opportunity and overwhelmed him in the four-hole playoff to win the British Open. Watson, 59, missed an 8-foot par putt on the final hole that would have won the tournament and forced the four-hole, cumulative playoff. Cink made two birdies and two pars in the playoff, while Watson made a par, two bogeys and a double bogey. Cink finished with a 69 and a 2-under 278 total and captured his first major and sixth career victory.
Posted a bogey-free 68 in the final round of the Bridgestone Invitational to finish T6. It was his fourth career bogey-free round at the Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club, tying Tiger Woods for the tournament's best mark.
Finished T19 at THE TOUR Championship in his eighth appearance at the event.
Made The Presidents Cup for the third consecutive time and fourth time in his career.
Took up game when his parents, single-digit handicappers, left him at driving range before he was old enough to go on the course...Was a husband and a father while still at Georgia Tech...Member of East Lake GC, host venue of THE TOUR Championship...A big Atlanta Thrashers hockey fan...Outdoor enthusiast who loves hiking, camping, biking and skiing.