Find out who the winners and losers were from the season-opening Safeway Open, including Stewart Cink, Harry Higgs and Jordan Spieth.
Each week on the PGA Tour, there are winners and losers in each tournament. This week, and continuing throughout the season, we will look at those who achieved and those who underachieved at each event. Here’s a look at the winners and losers from the Safeway Open.
Stewart Cink – The veteran earned his first win in 11 years with an outstanding weekend, shooting 65-65 to claim the title at the Safeway Open. Cink won for the seventh time in his career but the first since he beat Tom Watson in a playoff at the Open Championship in 2009.
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Harry Higgs – Higgs carried his momentum from the end of last season into the 2020-21 campaign, tying his career-best finish with a second-place showing at the Safeway. After two top 10 finishes last season, Higgs already has his first top 10 for this year. There will be more for the talented 28-year-old.
Doc Redman – He did nearly everything he could on Sunday to catch Cink before coming up just short. His 10-under par 62 in the final round tied for the best 18-hole score of the week. Redman came up just short of a career-best finish, and also fell just shy of winning for the first time on tour.
Chez Reavie – The 38-year-old Reavie was another of the players who tied for third this week at the Safeway Open. After an outstanding 2019, Reavie slipped back a bit last season. But this event gets his 2020-21 season off to a big start.
Kristoffer Ventura – Making his 21st career start on the PGA Tour, Ventura earned the first top 10 finish (T7) of his career. The 25-year-old Norwegian had never finished above 18th place, which he did last year at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, prior to this week.
Jordan Spieth – He continues to struggle with his game, missing the cut this week. He was right on the cut line until a double bogey on his final hole on Friday took him out of the weekend. With the U.S. Open approaching this week, Spieth is still searching for answers.
Sergio Garcia – Another big name in the field this week who also missed the cut. Garcia shot 71-69 and did not qualify for the weekend. After a bad season in 2019-20, Garcia’s 2020-21 season is not starting any differently.
Shane Lowry – The defending Champion Golfer of the Year missed the cut this week at the Safeway Open. His opening-round 68 was nice, but his second-round 73 took him out of the mix for playing on the weekend.
Luke Donald – Once the number one player in the world, Donald is still unable to find the game that once got him to that point. This week, he opened with an awful 78, but was able to follow that with a 70 on Friday. Many would love to see Donald competing like he once did, but he does not appear anywhere near there right now.
Cameron Percy – Entering Sunday, Percy was one of the players tied for the lead. But a double bogey, double bogey, bogey stretch on the front nine took him out of the mix altogether. Percy fell more than 20 spots and ended up in a tie for 23rd place after his Sunday round of 74.