Cink Breaks 11 Year Drought, Wins Safeway Open PDF Print E-mail
Stewart Cink celebrates after winning the Safeway Open

NAPA, California - Stewart Cink, long known as one of the most

liked and respected players by his peers on the PGA Tour, has

ended an 11 year drought in the season opener at Johnny Miller's

Silverado Resort. It was the first victory for the 47 year old since

the 2009 Open Championship at Turnberry (when he defeated a

59 year-old Tom Watson). Back to back 65's on the weekend was

good enough for a two stroke victory over the recently red-hot

Harry Higgs. Cink became the oldest PGA Tour winner since Phil

Mickelson claimed the title at Pebble Beach as a 48 year-old in

February of last year.

The win was a family affair with son Reagan on the bag and wife

Lisa offering encouragment. "She had some great words. She said,

"You know what? You're loved no matter what you do. No one

expects anything out of you. I know you can do it and you know

you can do it  - you're with your son, so just go out there and

have a great time."

Cink rode a hot flatstick on Sunday, one-putting 10 times to finish

at 21 under par (267 total). Higgs fired a final round 68 to finish at

-19, but it was Doc Redman who shot the round of the day with six

straight birdies coming in for 62. Redman finished tied for third with

Brian Stuard (70), Chez Reavie (66) and Kevin Streelman (67) at

18 under par.