Sunday, June 22

Stewart Cink Closes Out Travelers Championship

Stewart Cink (Doyle/Flickr)

I CAUGHT THE LAST FEW HOLES of the Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Connecticut. Mainly, I wanted to see if Stewart Cink could get it done on Sunday. As the Golf Channel pointed out, “Stewie” hasn’t had much Sunday success as the 54-hole leader, with just one win in nine tries.

Cink bucked the trend with a final-round 67 and one-shot victory over Tommy Armour III and Hunter Mahan. The last hole, a pretty straightforward par-4, was a bit dicey, though. Stewart blocked his drive way right, and then knocked a wedge to just off the back of the green. He got it up and down for the clinching par.

The win moved Cink to third in the FedEx Cup points race, and he’s a lock for the Ryder Cup team. He’s an amazingly candid player who has always struck me as a good guy.

I think many would agree that Stewart’s talent could have produced more than five wins. But, unless you’re Tiger Woods, winning on the PGA Tour isn’t easy. Cink finally broke through after going 97 events since his last title in 2004. Good for him.

−The Armchair Golfer

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