Stewart Cink

Stewart Cink
Personal information
Full name Stewart Ernest Cink
Born (1973-05-21) May 21, 1973
Huntsville, Alabama
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st)
Nationality  United States
Residence Duluth, Georgia
College Georgia Tech
Turned professional 1995
Current tour(s) PGA Tour (joined 1997)
Professional wins 14
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 6 Tour 3
Other 5
Best results in major championships
(wins: 1)
Masters Tournament T3: 2008
U.S. Open 3rd: 2001
The Open Championship Won: 2009
PGA Championship T3: 1999
Achievements and awards
Nike Tour
leading money winner
Nike Tour
Player of the Year
PGA Tour
Rookie of the Year

Stewart Ernest Cink (born May 21, 1973) is an American professional golfer who won the 2009 Open Championship. He spent over 40 weeks in the top 10 of the Official World Golf Ranking from 2004 to 2009.[1][2]

Early years and education

Cink was born in Huntsville, Alabama, and grew up in nearby Florence, where he attended Bradshaw High School. After completing high school in 1991, he graduated from Georgia Tech in Atlanta in 1995 with a degree in Management, where he played golf for the Yellow Jackets; he turned professional in 1995.

Professional career

After winning the Mexican Open and three events on the Nike Tour (now the Tour) in 1996, Cink joined the PGA Tour in 1997 and won the Canon Greater Hartford Open in his rookie season. Cink performed consistently on the Tour over the next few years, picking up another win at the 2000 MCI Classic. Until his victory in the Open Championship in 2009, 2004 was his most successful season, with a fifth-place finish on the money list and wins at the MCI Heritage and at the WGC-NEC Invitational, which is one of the World Golf Championships events.

On February 24, 2008, Cink was the runner-up in the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship played in Marana, Arizona, falling 8 & 7 in the 36-hole final to top-ranked Tiger Woods. In June 2008, he reached his highest ever ranking, sixth, in the Official World Golf Rankings with his victory at the Travelers Championship in suburban Hartford.[3]

On July 19, 2009, Cink won his first major title at the 138th Open Championship at Turnberry, Scotland, defeating 59-year-old, five-time champion Tom Watson by six strokes in a four-hole playoff. Cink had birdied the 72nd hole while Watson bogeyed, which forced the playoff.[4]

Cink has struggled on the PGA Tour since winning the 2009 Open Championship. He is playing the 2016–17 season using a career money list exemption.

Each fall, Cink co-hosts the East Lake Invitational with Billy Andrade at East Lake Golf Club which benefits the East Lake Foundation.

Personal life

Cink and his wife, Lisa, have two sons, Connor and Reagan. Cink is a Christian.[5][6]

Professional wins (14)

PGA Tour wins (6)

Major championship (1)
World Golf Championship (1)
Other PGA Tour (4)
No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of victoryRunner(s)-up
1 Jul 27, 1997 Canon Greater Hartford Open −13 (69-67-65-66=267) 1 stroke United States Tom Byrum, United States Brandel Chamblee,
United States Jeff Maggert
2 Apr 16, 2000 MCI Classic −14 (71-68-66-65=270) 2 strokes United States Tom Lehman
3 Apr 18, 2004 MCI Heritage (2) −10 (72-69-69-64=274) Playoff United States Ted Purdy
4 Aug 22, 2004 WGC-NEC Invitational −11 (63-68-68-70=269) 4 strokes South Africa Rory Sabbatini, United States Tiger Woods
5 Jun 22, 2008 Travelers Championship (2) −18 (66-64-65-67=262) 1 stroke United States Tommy Armour III, United States Hunter Mahan
6 Jul 19, 2009 The Open Championship −2 (66-72-71-69=278) Playoff United States Tom Watson

PGA Tour playoff record (2–2)

1 1998 Canon Greater Hartford Open United States Olin Browne, United States Larry Mize Browne won with birdie on first extra hole
2 2004 MCI Heritage United States Ted Purdy Won with birdie on fifth extra hole
3 2006 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational United States Tiger Woods Lost to birdie on fourth extra hole
4 2009 The Open Championship United States Tom Watson Won four-hole aggregate playoff, −2 to +4

Nike Tour wins (3)

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of victory Runner(s)-up
1 Jun 23, 1996 Nike Ozarks Open −16 (68-67-69-68=272) Playoff United States R. W. Eaks
2 Sep 8, 1996 Nike Colorado Classic −16 (67-68-67-66=268) 1 stroke United States David Berganio, Jr., United States Michael Christie
3 Oct 20, 1996 Nike Tour Championship −7 (66-71-71-73=281) 4 strokes United States David Berganio, Jr.

Other wins (5)

Major championships

Wins (1)

YearChampionship54 holesWinning scoreMarginRunner-up
2009 The Open Championship 3 shot deficit −2 (66-72-71-69=278) Playoff 1 United States Tom Watson

1 Defeated Tom Watson in 4-hole playoff by 6 strokes (Cink: 4-3-4-3=14 / Watson: 5-3-7-5=20)

Results timeline

Tournament 1996 1997 1998 1999
Masters Tournament DNP CUT T23 T27
U.S. Open T16 T13 T10 T32
The Open Championship DNP DNP T66 DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP CUT T3
Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Masters Tournament T28 CUT T24 DNP T17 T20 10 T17 T3 CUT
U.S. Open T8 3 CUT T28 CUT T15 T37 CUT T14 T27
The Open Championship T41 T30 T59 T34 T14 CUT CUT T6 CUT 1
PGA Championship T15 T59 T10 CUT T17 T28 T24 T32 CUT T67
Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Masters Tournament CUT CUT T50 T25 T14 DNP
The Open Championship T48 T30 CUT T26 T47 T20
PGA Championship T18 CUT CUT CUT CUT DNP

CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
DNP = Did not play
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10


Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 1 1 2 9 17 12
U.S. Open 0 0 1 1 3 7 19 13
The Open Championship 1 0 0 1 2 4 17 13
PGA Championship 0 0 1 1 2 5 17 10
Totals 1 0 3 4 9 25 70 48

World Golf Championships

Wins (1)

YearChampionship54 holesWinning scoreMargin of victoryRunners-up
2004 WGC-NEC Invitational 5 shot lead −11 (63-68-68-70=269) 4 strokes South Africa Rory Sabbatini, United States Tiger Woods

Results timeline

Accenture Match Play Championship R16 R64 R64 R64 DNP R32 QF R64 R16 2
Cadillac Championship T4 DNP NT1 DNP DNP T23 T46 T13 T45 T20
Bridgestone Invitational DNP 7 T13 T47 T61 1 T41 2 T56 T43
Accenture Match Play Championship 3 QF R32
Cadillac Championship T59 T37 DNP
Bridgestone Invitational T6 T19 T45
HSBC Champions T51 DNP DNP

1Cancelled due to September 11, 2001 attacks
DNP = Did not play
QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = tied
NT = No Tournament
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.
Note that the HSBC Champions did not become a WGC event until 2009.

U.S. national team appearances


See also


  1. "69 Players Who Have Reached The Top-10 In World Ranking" (PDF). Official World Golf Ranking. Retrieved October 29, 2013.
  2. "Players who have reached the Top Ten in the Official World Golf Ranking since 1986". European Tour Official Guide 09 (38th ed.). PGA European Tour. 2009. p. 558.
  3. "Week 25 – Stewart Cink Wins the Travelers Championship and Climbs to Career High World Number Six". Official World Golf Ranking. Retrieved October 29, 2013.
  4. Orlovac, Mark (July 19, 2009). "Cink dashes Watson's Open dreams". BBC Sport. Retrieved July 19, 2009.
  5. "Putting First Things First".
  6. "Golf helps men share faith".
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