Cink wins Safeway Open and achieves title after eleven years

At 47, the American prevailed two strokes ahead of Harry Higgs to claim the seventh title of his career eleven years after winning the British Open.


Veteran American golfer Stewart Cink was proclaimed the new champion of the Safeway Open tournament at the conclusion of the fourth and final round with a card of 65 strokes (-7) that allowed him to add 267 (-21) and be two impacts above his compatriot Harry Higgs (269, -19), which was second.

The triumph of Cink, 47, left him with the seventh title of his career, including the one he won in 2009, the Open Championship (British Open), the only of the majors in his possession, and the last until this sunday

Cink, who was confident on both long strokes and putting putts on the green, admitted that he had had a weekend full of success and confidence.

Cink is the longest-running PGA Tour winner since his compatriot Phil Mickelson, at 48, claimed the Pebble Beach title in February 2019.

Cink's latest win came at the expense of 59-year-old Tom Watson at Turnberry, with Cink winning a four-hole playoff at the British Open.

Higgs, who finished Sunday with a 68-shot scorecard (-4), took a $ 719,400 prize and 3,000 FedEx Cup points as runner-up on Sunday, while four other American golfers, Doc Redman, Chez Reavie, Kevin Streelman and Brian Stuard, who had reached the fourth round as the leader with three shots clear, ended up sharing the third place 270 impacts (-18) .

Redman, 22, closed with 62 shots (-10), equaling the lowest round of the tournament.

Argentine Nelson Ledesma with 274 strokes (-14) was the best ranked Latin American golfer after finishing in twenty-third place that he shared with five other players and won a cash prize of $ 57,420.

His compatriot Emiliano Grillo, who had reached the final round as seventh classified, lost the great level of play that he had shown in the three previous rounds and delivered a score of 73 (+1) that relegated him to twenty-ninth place with the sum of 275 impacts (-13) .

The Mexican Carlos Ortiz also had his worst run of the week by signing a score of 74 strokes (+2) and added 279 (-9) to drop to 46th place in the standings.

While the Venezuelan Jhonattan Vegas was not inspired either and registered 73 hits (+1) in the last round that left him with 280 impacts (-8) and the 52nd position of the classification.

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