Stewart Cink Cruises To RBC Heritage Victory

Stewart Cink Cruises To RBC Heritage Victory

Stewart Cink RBC Heritage
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Stewart Cink produced a dominant display at the RBC Heritage, with a final round 70 securing a four shot victory and his eighth PGA Tour title.

Stewart Cink Cruises To RBC Heritage Victory

Cink had started the day five shots clear of the field, after rounds of 63, 63 and 69 had broken the tournament's 54-hole scoring record.

With such a commanding lead, the American started his round well, making a birdie and eight pars on his front nine to maintain the comfortable margin.

Cink's nearest challenger, Collin Morikawa, knew that he would have to get off to a fast start to challenge the 47-year-old.

Stewart Cink RBC Heritage

Cink celebrates with his family. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

However, a birdie at the first hole was soon cancelled out by two bogies at the second and fourth, with the American finishing his front nine at one-over-par.

With Cink cruising, it was Argentina's Emiliano Grillo who was emerging as the nearest challenger, with three birdies in his first seven holes putting him four shots off the lead going into the back nine.

Both men would bogey the par-4 12th to keep Cink's lead at four shots, with Grillo chipping in on the 16th hole to cut the deficit by one stroke.

Despite the chip-in, the 47-year-old wouldn't panic, producing an outstanding shot on the par-3 17th and rolling the birdie putt in for a four shot lead heading down the 18th hole.

With his family looking on, Cink would par the last hole and claim his third victory at Harbour Town. With the win also moving the American into the world's top-50 for the first time in 10 years.

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Speaking after his round, Cink said: "I don't have words right now, it just keeps getting better. Winning with Reagan (Cink's son and caddie) has been amazing.

"Connor (Cink's son) actually changed his flight from Wyoming just so he could be here for this and there's no way I was losing this tournament. It's just so great to have my whole family here, it's been such a blast this week."

Reagan, who took over caddie duties last year, also commented on the win: "Walking down the fairways and hanging out is so special. We talk in between the shots and we have a great system, but it's the time we have joking down the fairway that is the best."

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x