Letting It All Cink In
By Kickntrue on 7/19/09
Stewart Cink wins the 2009 Open Championship in a 4-hole playoff against fan favorite Tom Watson.

Watson who was in perfect position with a one shot lead on the 18th fairway just got too amped up and send the shot long. He chipped up but missed an 8 foot par saver to win it. Cink hit a great birdie putt on the 72nd hole in regulation to take the clubhouse lead and force the playoff.

After a brief discussion on a possible penalty on Cink of an incident on the 17th, Cink was declared not guilty of a penalty and then he played solid golf to win in the playoff while his opponent, 59 year old Watson slowly fell apart.

An amazing story for sure- but the story book ending was not to be. In a weird way, Twitter could help save the Open story- as Cink has been easily the best example in pro sports of how a new medium can be used to reach fans. Cink's 550K+ followers will surely congratulate him, and frankly before this year and his Twitter success, not many people knew anything about Stewart other than the fact that he's been a solid pro. It will be interesting to see what he has to say in a couple hours when he makes it to his Blackberry.

Cink's Twitter


[ comments ]
Kickntrue says:
Watson was -3 through 71 holes. +7 on his last 5.
7/19/09
 
K_Rich10 says:
I love rick reilly's dig (after the playoff) at Tiger Woods not playing the game like a gentleman as Watson does. Seeing Tiger toss his clubs around for 2 days was childish
7/19/09
 
Kickntrue says:
One additional thing I loved about Watson in losing... while he was gracious- he was also pissed off. So many players these days back down... Watson said he wanted to win- and just flat out admitted he couldn't close the deal- but he wasn't happy about it one bit.
7/19/09
 
RickFromSA says:
I appreciated the dig that ABC snuck in there about Tiger's childish behavior.. as good as he is, and as gracious as he may sometimes be when leading and winning, he lacks class when things fall apart. Watson, Cink, Westwood and Ross Fisher handled themselves with class all day through the pressure. Cink deserves a major, but so does Lee Westwood.
7/19/09
 
ToddRobb says:
I always thought that what Phil was lacking was the ability to get mad, Tiger on the other hand takes it to the extreme. Everyone else out there pretty much is in the middle. Tom Watson showed the perfect balance of being mad in a nice way, class act all the way.

Stewart Cink flew under the radar, and took advantage of playing with no added pressure. We saw the same thing with Angel Cabrera at the Masters. Congrats to Steve.
7/19/09
 
klangdon says:
It's the year of the spoiler. First Glover takes it from Mickelson, now Cink from Watson.
7/19/09
 
aaronw409 says:
Cink has been close a bunch of times. I'm glad he finally broke through. He's been a solid Rider Cup member too.
7/20/09
 
Tim Horan says:
Well done Stewart. Whatever else happened was just golf. What great TV viewing though; witnessing a "true great" tame the course, weather conditions using all his skill and experience to so nearly overcome a field of longer hitting younger and fitter men. What a great effort and really quite sad to see the end result. Amongst his obvious disapointment Tom Watson showed what has always made him great - grace and humility.
7/20/09
 
mjaber says:
My wife was unimpressed with Cink's shirt/sweater combination.

I can't help but wonder if the outcome would have been different if Watson had been able to recover some before going into the playoff. The 4-hole playoff is better than sudden-death, but I'd rather be sitting home watching Cink and Watson play 18 right now.
7/20/09
 
Kickntrue says:
@ToddRobb - who is steve?
7/20/09
 
SingleDigits says:
I agree that it's a year of spoilers. Kenny Perry should have won the Masters but Angel played better when it counted.
7/20/09
 
ToddRobb says:
LOL!! I meant Stewart,,,
7/20/09
 
ToddRobb says:
Still waiting for you guys to give us the ability to edit our comments ;)
7/20/09
 
Tim Horan says:
We could start world war three if we able to edit each others comments...hm!
7/20/09
 
Swingem says:
I also thought that the dig at Tiger was ironic and appropriate. I've got NO tolerance for club throwers. Tiger is a great player, but he's not bigger than the game. We can only hope that he incures sufficient embarrassment, regardless of whether he missed the cut, to get some perspective regarding his place in the big picture.
7/20/09
 
ToddRobb says:
Yes, I hope Tiger was watching the highlights of his reactions so he can see how stupid he looks slamming and throwing clubs. Profanity is one thing, but throwing clubs and slamming them against your bag in totally unacceptable.

@Tim Horan - I just want to be able to edit my own comments ;)
7/20/09
 
Tim Horan says:
@ToddRobb
No, I think editting somebody elses would be far more fun!
7/21/09
 
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