Stewart Cink

2009 / Turnberry

When Tom Watson birdied the 71st hole to lead by one, just as he had done 32 years previously, it appeared he really could win a sixth Open title at the age of 59 and nine months on from hip-replacement surgery.

“It would have been a hell of a story, wouldn’t it?” Watson said. “It wasn’t to be. The dream almost came true.”

His second shot at the last ran just over the green and then he putted eight feet past the hole. The putt for victory betrayed his age, it never looked like going in and the deflation around the course was acute.

Instead, step forward Stewart Cink. In the slightly surreal atmosphere of the four-hole play-off, the 36-year-old gentle giant from Georgia held his composure to win his first major championship.

He was two under par for the play-off while a tired Watson finished four over par.

A joyful Cink felt for the runner-up. “To play against Tom Watson in the play-off, it was mixed emotions,” he said. “I have watched him with such admiration this week.”

On a course where he had played in three Opens, winning in 1977, and two Senior Opens, winning one of them, Watson opened with a 65 to be one off the lead.

“There was something spiritual about today. I feel inspired playing here again,” he said. He led for the next two days but fell at the very last hurdle, as did Lee Westwood with a three-putt at the 72nd hole. Cink, however, had birdied the last from 16 feet. “It will be the most crucial putt of my life,” he said.

Italy’s Matteo Manassero, aged 16, became the youngest ever winner of the Silver Medal for the leading amateur in the 60 years it has been awarded. He finished tied for 13th place.

Name
Finish
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
Par
Stewart CINK
1
66
72
71
69
278
-
T2
65
70
71
72
278
-
T3
68
70
70
71
279
-
Chris WOOD
T3
70
70
72
67
279
-
Luke DONALD
T5
71
72
70
67
280
-
Retief GOOSEN
T5
67
70
71
72
280
-
Mathew GOGGIN
T5
66
72
69
73
280
-
T8
69
72
72
68
281
-
Soren HANSEN
T8
68
72
74
67
281
-
T8
70
70
73
68
281
-
Thomas AIKEN
T8
71
72
69
69
281
-
Richard S JOHNSON
T8
70
72
69
70
281
-
Jeff OVERTON
T13
70
69
76
67
282
-
Ross FISHER
T13
69
68
70
75
282
-
Boo WEEKLEY
T13
67
72
72
71
282
-
Camilo VILLEGAS
T13
66
73
73
70
282
-
Andres ROMERO
T13
68
74
73
67
282
-
T13
71
70
71
70
282
-
T13
71
70
71
70
282
-
Thongchai JAIDEE
T13
69
72
69
72
282
-
T13
69
72
71
70
282
-
T13
64
73
76
69
282
-
Matteo MANASSERO
T13
71
70
72
69
282
-
Angel CABRERA
T24
69
70
72
72
283
-
Peter HANSON
T24
70
71
72
70
283
-
T24
72
70
71
70
283
-
Nick WATNEY
T27
71
72
71
70
284
-
Davis LOVE III
T27
69
73
73
69
284
-
James KINGSTON
T27
67
71
74
72
284
-
T27
67
69
77
71
284
-
T27
68
72
72
72
284
-
Soren KJELDSEN
T27
68
76
71
69
284
-
Kenichi KUBOYA
T27
65
72
75
72
284
-
Jim FURYK
T34
67
72
70
76
285
-
Martin KAYMER
T34
69
70
74
72
285
-
Richard STERNE
T34
67
73
75
70
285
-
Graeme McDOWELL
T34
68
73
71
73
285
-
Nick DOUGHERTY
T38
70
70
73
73
286
-
T38
70
69
76
71
286
-
Vijay SINGH
T38
67
70
75
74
286
-
Thomas LEVET
T38
71
73
71
71
286
-
Steve MARINO
T38
67
68
76
75
286
-
Branden GRACE
T43
67
72
73
75
287
-
Bryce MOLDER
T43
70
73
67
77
287
-
Anthony WALL
T43
68
72
75
72
287
-
Paul McGINLEY
T43
71
71
70
75
287
-
T47
68
76
74
70
288
-
T47
71
73
76
68
288
-
T47
69
74
74
71
288
-
Gonzalo FERNANDEZ-CASTANO
T47
69
72
73
74
288
-
T47
70
71
77
70
288
-
Graeme STORM
T52
72
72
74
71
289
-
Steve STRICKER
T52
66
77
70
76
289
-
Johan EDFORS
T52
71
73
72
73
289
-
Robert ALLENBY
T52
70
74
73
72
289
-
T52
71
71
78
69
289
-
Kenny PERRY
T52
71
72
75
71
289
-
David HOWELL
T52
68
73
72
76
289
-
Billy MAYFAIR
T52
69
73
73
74
289
-
T60
68
74
74
74
290
-
Paul BROADHURST
T60
70
72
74
74
290
-
Kevin SUTHERLAND
T60
69
73
73
75
290
-
David DRYSDALE
T60
69
73
75
73
290
-
Ryuji IMADA
T64
74
69
79
69
291
-
Fredrik ANDERSSON HED
T65
71
70
78
73
292
-
Sean O'HAIR
T65
68
75
75
74
292
-
Stuart APPLEBY
T65
71
72
76
73
292
-
T65
69
74
76
73
292
-
JB HOLMES
T69
68
70
75
80
293
-
Freddie JACOBSON
T70
70
72
77
76
295
-
T70
67
77
77
74
295
-
Paul GOYDOS
T72
72
72
77
82
303
-
Daniel GAUNT
T73
76
67
79
82
304
-
Josh GEARY
M/C
70
75
-
-
-
M/C
D.J. TRAHAN
M/C
68
77
-
-
-
M/C
Charley HOFFMAN
M/C
71
74
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
65
80
-
-
-
M/C
Mike WEIR
M/C
67
78
-
-
-
M/C
Anders HANSEN
M/C
68
77
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
75
70
-
-
-
M/C
Adam SCOTT
M/C
71
74
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
71
74
-
-
-
M/C
Peter HEDBLOM
M/C
71
74
-
-
-
M/C
Colin MONTGOMERIE
M/C
71
74
-
-
-
M/C
Ben CRANE
M/C
71
75
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
70
76
-
-
-
M/C
Tim Clark
M/C
71
75
-
-
-
M/C
John SENDEN
M/C
66
80
-
-
-
M/C
Peter BAKER
M/C
74
72
-
-
-
M/C
Anthony KIM
M/C
73
73
-
-
-
M/C
Martin LAIRD
M/C
74
72
-
-
-
M/C
KJ CHOI
M/C
74
72
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
70
76
-
-
-
M/C
Elliot SALTMAN
M/C
70
76
-
-
-
M/C
Ryo ISHIKAWA
M/C
68
78
-
-
-
M/C
Yuta IKEDA
M/C
76
71
-
-
-
M/C
Rhys DAVIES
M/C
73
74
-
-
-
M/C
Rod PAMPLING
M/C
74
73
-
-
-
M/C
Rory SABBATINI
M/C
74
73
-
-
-
M/C
Briny BAIRD
M/C
72
75
-
-
-
M/C
James DRISCOLL
M/C
76
71
-
-
-
M/C
Mark BROWN
M/C
71
76
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
71
76
-
-
-
M/C
Richard GREEN
M/C
71
76
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
71
76
-
-
-
M/C
David TOMS
M/C
72
75
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
75
73
-
-
-
M/C
Markus BRIER
M/C
71
77
-
-
-
M/C
Raphael JACQUELIN
M/C
75
73
-
-
-
M/C
Charles HOWELL III
M/C
73
75
-
-
-
M/C
Prayad MARKSAENG
M/C
73
75
-
-
-
M/C
Gary ORR
M/C
73
75
-
-
-
M/C
Gaganjeet BHULLAR
M/C
71
77
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
73
75
-
-
-
M/C
David HIGGINS
M/C
73
75
-
-
-
M/C
Robert ROCK
M/C
73
75
-
-
-
M/C
Alvaro QUIROS
M/C
71
77
-
-
-
M/C
Lucas GLOVER
M/C
72
77
-
-
-
M/C
Rafa ECHENIQUE
M/C
72
77
-
-
-
M/C
Stephan GROSS
M/C
74
75
-
-
-
M/C
Liang WEN-CHONG
M/C
77
72
-
-
-
M/C
Brandt SNEDEKER
M/C
72
77
-
-
-
M/C
Richie RAMSAY
M/C
77
72
-
-
-
M/C
Azuma YANO
M/C
75
74
-
-
-
M/C
David SMAIL
M/C
70
79
-
-
-
M/C
Brian GAY
M/C
73
76
-
-
-
M/C
Stephen AMES
M/C
72
77
-
-
-
M/C
Ken DUKE
M/C
71
79
-
-
-
M/C
Chad CAMPBELL
M/C
73
77
-
-
-
M/C
Terry PILKADARIS
M/C
68
82
-
-
-
M/C
Timothy WOOD
M/C
73
77
-
-
-
M/C
Tomohiro KONDO
M/C
71
79
-
-
-
M/C
Steve SURRY
M/C
69
81
-
-
-
M/C
Hunter MAHAN
M/C
72
79
-
-
-
M/C
Marc CAYEUX
M/C
75
76
-
-
-
M/C
Tim STEWART
M/C
74
77
-
-
-
M/C
Jeremy KAVANAGH
M/C
74
77
-
-
-
M/C
Richard FINCH
M/C
73
78
-
-
-
M/C
Carl PETTERSSON
M/C
74
77
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
78
73
-
-
-
M/C
Damien McGRANE
M/C
78
74
-
-
-
M/C
Lloyd SALTMAN
M/C
75
77
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
77
75
-
-
-
M/C
Thomas HAYLOCK
M/C
74
78
-
-
-
M/C
Bruce VAUGHAN
M/C
78
75
-
-
-
M/C
Geoff OGILVY
M/C
75
78
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
78
76
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
75
79
-
-
-
M/C
Koumei ODA
M/C
76
78
-
-
-
M/C
Daniel WARDROP
M/C
75
80
-
-
-
M/C
Michael WRIGHT
M/C
77
79
-
-
-
M/C
Oliver FISHER
M/C
79
78
-
-
-
M/C
Pablo LARRAZABAL
M/C
79
81
-
-
-
M/C
Peter ELLEBYE
M/C
77
84
-
-
-
M/C
Jaco AHLERS
M/C
83
79
-
-
-
M/C
Michael CAMPBELL
NR
78
-
-
-
-
M/C

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