Cink-cess! 47-year-old wins third Heritage title

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HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — The golf was once nice for Stewart Cink. What made his third RBC Heritage title primarily explicit was once that his household was once there to journey his age-defying success.

Cink hugged son Reagan, his caddie, after he closed out his 4-shot victory at Harbour Metropolis with a stress-free par on the lighthouse-framed 18th hole. His spouse, Lisa, their numerous son, Connor, and Connor’s fiancée, Jess Baker, bag been throughout the gallery cheering Cink’s second rob this season.

“To bag a posse love that prepared on the give as much as have a good time with,” Cink acknowledged, “or not it’s impartial an journey you do not earn to bag in your life that on a long-established basis.”

Presumably the Cink household has extra such joyous moments ahead with Stewart’s resurgence on the PGA Tour.

He shot an on a daily basis, stress-free 70 to cap off a dominant, myth-breaking week at an age — 47 — when many avid gamers are taking a keep unsleeping for the PGA Tour Champions.

In its set, it was once Cink ending 4 larger than Emiliano Grillo and Harold Varner III. Grillo shot a 68 whereas Varner, who had the obliging attain of his profession, fired a 66.

The 30-year-broken-down Varner stumbled on lots of encouragement throughout the one which beat him.

“He is broken-down and he is kicking each individual’s (butt),” Varner acknowledged. “Yeah, it conjures up me. It conjures up me to seize that I am able to play golf for a very long time.”

The Cinks had their arms round each numerous to have a good time.

“I map not even know if I bag the phrases,” Stewart Cink acknowledged.

He obtained for the second time this season — handiest he and Bryson DeChambeau bag finished that. He broke an 11-year winless drought throughout the season’s first event, the Safeway Initiating assist in September.

That one perceived to return out of nowhere. Nonetheless Cink backed it up with 4 extra high-20 finishes, together with a tie for twelfth closing week on the Masters.

He obtained $1.278 million, practically as very important because the $1.404 million for his two previous victories at Harbour Metropolis blended.

The second rob comes with a important perk — Cink earned an exemption into the U.S. Initiating at Torrey Pines in June. It shall be the primary U.S. Initiating since 2017 for the broken-down British Initiating champion.

Cink become the fourth participant to rob twice throughout the equivalent PGA Tour season after turning 47. Sam Snead, Julius Boros and Kenny Perry, who finished it twice, are the others.

Cink positioned on current for the ages by taking pictures 16-beneath 126 throughout the first two rounds — shattering the bottom 36-gap rating at Harbour Metropolis of 13-beneath 129 shared by Jack Nicklaus and Phil Mickelson. Cink added a 69 on Saturday to achieve 18 beneath, 2 larger than Justin Leonard’s 54-gap rating in 2002.

Cink carried a 5-shot lead into the ultimate spherical and dared all chasers to return earn him. No individual made a sail at Cink, who led by not lower than 3 photographs for the duration of.

PGA Championship winner Collin Morikawa, paired with Cink, opened with a birdie. Nonetheless bogeys on the second and fourth holes took Morikawa out of the combo.

Maverick McNealy had 5 birdies on the entrance 9 to climb to 14 beneath, 4 assist of Cink, at some stage throughout the spherical. Consecutive bogeys on the eleventh and twelfth ended McNealy’s surge.

Grillo and Varner got here the closest at 15 beneath and bag been impartial 3 assist until Cink’s closing birdie on the par-3 seventeenth, which made all of it nonetheless positive he would add however each different plaid winner’s jacket to those he obtained in 2000 and 2004.

Cink made 17 birdies and two eagles the primary three rounds. He had handiest two birdies Sunday, nonetheless that was once greater than ample to verbalize his eighth profession victory.

Cink anticipated a dogfight. In its set, he acknowledged he fought the route, comparatively than the sector, for a lot of the day. After his actual play at Augusta Nationwide, he was once chubby of confidence.

“I primarily felt I had the type of stuff that was once going to be very onerous to beat,” he acknowledged.

He was once downright not possible to scramble down after his blazing scorching originate up on Thursday and Friday.

“What’s so unparalleled is that this type of rebirth that Stewart is experiencing at such an older age,” Lisa Cink acknowledged. “I am impartial in alarm of how successfully he is enjoying in the meanwhile in his profession.”

McNealy (67), Corey Conners (68) and Matt Fitzpatrick (68) tied for fourth at 13 beneath. Morikawa slipped to seventh after a 72, tied with Chris Kirk (67) at 12 beneath.

High-ranked Dustin Johnson closed alongside along with his best spherical of the event at 66 to realize tied for thirteenth at 10 beneath. Johnson was once the November Masters champ, however disregarded the carve there closing week and was once by no means in rivalry at Harbour Metropolis.

“I impartial really feel love I made means too many errors,” he acknowledged. “Spherical right here, you compose errors, they penalize you considerably substantial.”

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