Stewart Cink cruises to triumph at RBC Heritage

Stewart Cink’s grasp birdie at No. 17 is Shot of the Day

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – Stewart Cink has seen a ton, however at 47 he doesn’t generally recall it, something he promptly kids about on Twitter.

At the RBC Heritage at Harbor Town, he shot the fur off the course (a most loved Cink-ism) with twin 63s and afterward held tight throughout the end of the week. His last cycle 70, on a day when nobody drew nearer than three strokes, got him to 19 under standard and left him four clear of other participants Emiliano Grillo (68) and Harold Varner III (66).

What made this, his eighth win, stick out?

“The way that it occurred at my age,” he said.

Yet in addition, he added, the loved ones who were there to celebrate with him.

Cink, who is the subsequent double cross champ on TOUR this season after Bryson DeChambeau and moves from 26th to third in the FedExCup standings, praised the success with spouse Lisa and their children, Connor and Reagan (additionally Cink’s caddie), in addition to Connor’s life partner and a few companions.

“Everything in between the shots,” Reagan said, when asked what he will remember about the win—his second with his dad this season. “Walking down the fairways, hanging out. We talk and we plan the shots and we’ve got a good system, but it’s just like the time we get to spend joking around walking down the fairway, it’s awesome. It’s the best. It really is.”

What has happened to Stewart Cink? He discusses the significance of his group, and properties his rebound season halfway to his new coach Cornel Driessen. With Driessen’s assistance, the veteran genius — Cink won the 1997 Travelers Championship the year Collin Morikawa was conceived — has really acquired distance in spite of being on the doorstep of PGA TOUR Champions qualification.

Cink was 144th in the FedExCup and 300th on the planet after he missed the slice at the Wyndham Championship to end last season. He made a couple of gear changes, turned out to be more productive, and with Driessen acquired such a lot of solidarity and portability he started to embrace a totally different style of play.

“I was able to really kind of change my game into a little bit more of a power game,” he said.

Yet, no place was the change to Cink’s group more obvious than with the person conveying his sack as he won the season-opening Fortinet Open in Napa the previous fall — his first success in more than 11 years.

“He and I have always just been on the same wavelength,” Cink said of his son. “We’re kind of from the same DNA, and I mean literally like we are the same person. We think about things – we think about jokes, we notice the same funny stuff, we just pick up on the same kind of little details about things in our immediate surroundings.”

In spite of all that their course of action should be brief; Reagan, 23, is a recently stamped Georgia Tech graduate (modern designing) who has been working in the flight tasks office for Delta Airlines. He’s a scratch handicap and has his own life to lead.

“The traveling and living in a circus out here like I’ve done for my whole adult life is made tolerable by being a player,” Cink said at the Sanderson Farms Championship last fall, when he and Reagan agreed that it would take a top-five finish for them to keep going (Cink finished T12). “If you’re playing, you’re kind of the top level of the wedding cake out here.”

Cink returned to his fundamental caddie, Kip Henley, and opened with scores of 67-63 at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas. “I was like, it doesn’t matter who caddies for me right now, I’m just killing it!” Cink said Sunday with a laugh. Then he shot 70-81 on the weekend.

He rejoined with Reagan at the Bermuda Championship, yet not for clear reasons. Cink said Bermuda would have been difficult to get to and allowed Henley the week off — and afterward completed T4 with his child back on the sack. Stewart and Reagan presently seemed like too great a group to separate.

“Our flight out of Bermuda was on Monday afternoon at like 3 p.m. because there weren’t any flights at the time because of COVID, so we had a long time to sit around the hotel room,” said Cink, the second oldest Heritage winner (Hale Irwin, 48). “Lisa was there, Reagan was there, and that Monday in the morning while we were waiting for our flight, we had a big team pow wow.”

Cink disclosed to Reagan he needed him on the pack at the Masters. At that point he reexamined.

“I said, ‘You know what, come to think of it, how would you just like to caddie for this season?’” Cink said. “He said, ‘I’m so glad you asked.’”

Reagan should begin work in two days yet called his group. Stewart, however, went directly to the top, ringing Delta CEO Ed Bastian — a companion, it just so happens.

“I didn’t ask Ed to do anything,” Cink said. “I just said, ‘Ed, if you were me, what do you think you would do?’ And he’s got grown daughters and I’ve got sons, and he said, ‘Stewart, this is the opportunity of a lifetime.’ I don’t think Ed would mind me quoting him. He said, ‘We love Reagan. We think Reagan is going to work at Delta for 40 years.

“We don’t think holding up one more year will sting, so allow him to assist.'”

Reagan, who is locked in to be hitched July 31st, will assist for his father through the FedExCup Playoffs. “And afterward I’ll be back on the caddie showcase or possibly resign,” Stewart said with a chuckle.

Not that anybody would let him. The best rebound story of this season simply continues to improve.