Things have gone very well for Stewart Cink lately. Sunday at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, that trend did not continue.
Things have gone very well so far for Stewart Cink early in the 2020-21 PGA Tour season. However, Sunday at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open went in the other direction.
Cink has already won this fall on tour, claiming the title at the Safeway Open. It was his first win on tour since winning the 2009 Open Championship at Turnberry. He followed that with another impressive showing, a T12 at the Sanderson Farms Championship last week.
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This week in Las Vegas, Cink opened with a 4-under par 67 on Thursday, leaving him five shots behind leader Bryson DeChambeau after one round. He got himself into the mix with an 8-under par 63 on Friday, leaving him just three shots off the lead.
Saturday was not a good day for Cink, who shot a 1-under par 70, dropping him into a tie for 31st place with one round to play. And in that final round, from almost the very beginning, it was not Cink’s day.
Needing to make something happen on the front nine, Cink was unable to do so. In fact, he went in the opposite direction. He parred the first hole, but then bogeyed both the second and third holes to go to 2-over par. He would also bogey the seventh hole and would shoot a 3-over 38 on his opening nine.
Cink’s real trouble began on the 10th hole.
He found the rough off the tee, later found a bunker and, in the end, he carded a double bogey. He would then par the 11th hole to stay at 5-over on his Sunday round.
Then on the 12th hole, Cink had his Tin Cup moment. His drive went into the right rough. His second shot went into the water. After a penalty, Cink’s fourth shot also went into the water. After another penalty, Cink’s sixth shot also went into the water. For his eighth, he was able to drop near the green and he then got up and down for his nine. It was a hole that Cink would like to forget.
To his credit, he came right back with a birdie on the 13th hole. But unfortunately, the damage was already done for Cink’s round at that point.
While the early 2020-21 season has been very good to Cink, Sunday was not. He now needs to put this round behind him and get back on track as the season moves forward.