HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — Stewart Cink shot a gentle, stress-free 70 to cap off a dominant, record-breaking week and win his third RBC Heritage title on Sunday.
The 47-year-old Cink completed at 19-under 265 at Harbour City, 4 higher than Emiliano Grillo and Harold Varner III. Grillo shot a 68 whereas Varner, who had the very best end of his profession, fired a 66.
Cink hugged his son and caddie, Reagan, after his closing par on the 18th inexperienced. He, spouse Lisa and their different son, Connor, all had their arms round one another to rejoice.
“I do not even know if I’ve the phrases,” Stewart Cink mentioned.
He received for the second time this season — solely he and Bryson DeChambeau have finished that — and continued his resurgence on the PGA TOUR at a time when many professionals his age are waiting for the PGA TOUR Champions.
Not Cink, who broke a 12-year winless streak on the Safeway Open in September and added 5 extra top-20 finishes, together with a tie for twelfth final week on the Masters.
He received $1.278 million, practically as a lot because the $1.404 million for his two earlier victories at Harbour City mixed.
Cink can also be simply the fourth participant to win twice in the identical PGA TOUR season after turning 47. Sam Snead, Julius Boros and Kenny Perry, who completed it twice, are the others.
Cink placed on present for the ages — shattering the bottom 36-hole rating at Harbour City of 13-under 129 shared by Jack Nicklaus and Phil Mickelson. Cink additionally broke the 54-hole scoring mark of 16-under 197 that Justin Leonard had in his 2002 win.
Cink carried a five-shot lead into the ultimate spherical and dared all chasers to come back get him. No one made a run at Cink, who led by a minimum of three pictures all through.
PGA Championship winner Collin Morikawa, paired with Cink, opened with a birdie. However bogeys on the second and fourth holes took Morikawa out of the combination.
Maverick McNealy has 5 birdies on the entrance 9 to climb to 14-under, 4 again of Cink, in the midst of the spherical. Consecutive bogeys on the eleventh and twelfth ended McNealy’s surge.
Grillo and Varner got here the closest at 15-under and had been simply three again till Cink’s ultimate birdie on the par-3 seventeenth, which made all of it however sure he would add one other plaid winner’s jacket to those he received right here in 2000 and 2004.
Cink had made 17 birdies and two eagles the primary three rounds. He had solely two birdies Sunday, however that was greater than sufficient to say his eighth profession PGA TOUR victory.
McNealy (67), Canada’s Corey Conners (68) and England’s Matt Fitzpatrick (68) tied for fourth at 13-under. Morikawa slipped to seventh after a 72, tied with Chris Kirk (67) at 12-under.
Prime-ranked Dustin Johnson closed together with his finest spherical of the event at 66 to complete tied for thirteenth at 10-under. Johnson was the November Masters champ, but missed the reduce there final week and was by no means in rivalry at Harbour City.
“I simply really feel like I made approach too many errors,” he mentioned. “Round right here, you make errors, they penalize you fairly massive.”
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