In the end, the great story was not to be written. The end would not be as Tom Watson wanted it to be, at least for him. For Stewart Cink it would be the best ending he could ever imagine as he wins his first major, The British Open.
The Tournament was a wild one with the lead going back and forth all day. Ross Fisher, Lee Westwood, Tom Watson, Matt Goggin and Stewart Cink claiming a share of the lead. Fisher had a 3 stroke lead ,but bogeyed the4th, and scored 8 on the 5th knocking him out.
Westwood eagled the 7th to take a 2 stroke lead, but he couldn't hold it. The same could be said
for everyone else. Cink played steady and hung around till he birdied 18 with a beautiful putt to share the lead with Watson and was the clubhouse leader.
Westwood birdied 17 to join Watson and Cink in the lead. Watson then birdied 17 to take a one stroke lead.
Westwood bogeyed 18 knocking him out .Watson came into the final hole with a one stroke lead. After a good drive, he hit what appeared to be a great second shot but it hit the firm green and went long. He chose to use the putter for his 3rd shot hit it good but ran it the past hole.He left about a 9 footer to win. Watson made an awful putt and bogeyed the hole and putting him in a 4 hole playoff with Cink.
The playoff was all Cink. Whether it was fatique, or the disappointment of not winning in regulation, Watson could not get started. He sprayed his tee shots into the rough stuff and just looked beat. Cink continued his steady play and hit it stiff on his second shot to the final hole.
He calmly sank the putt, and taking home the Claret Jug.
So, congratulations to Stewart Cink for winning his first major.
And for Tom Watson thank you, thank you for turning back the clock and showing us why we love the game, thank you for showing us a different way to play the game. Thank You.
MILWAUKEE – Bo Van Pelt won for the first time on the PGA Tour with a birdie on the second hole of a sudden death playoff over John Mallinger on Sunday at the U.S. Bank Championship.
Van Pelt had two putts to win, leaving a 26-footer a little short before sinking a 2-foot birdie for his first victory in his 229th tour event. On the second playoff hole, the 29-year-old Mallinger rolled his second shot in a greenside bunker. Mallinger got out, but left himself a 28-footer for birdie that he pushed right of the hole and settled for par.
Frank Lickliter, who led at 11 under after 54 holes and Greg Chalmers, who started the day one back and was the leader after each of the first two rounds, both struggled on the front nine Sunday and never recovered.
The tournament must find a new title sponsor to return next season after U.S. Bank earlier announced it was ending its relationship with the 42-year-old event following a six-year run.
Jerry Kelly and Steve Stricker, both from Wisconsin, are working together on a new concept for the tournament that they plan to pitch to sponsors and the PGA Tour.
The tour now moves to Canada for the Canadian Open. Chez Reavie is the defending champion.
IN OTHER NEWS
Seve Ballesteros said he would like to play in the British Open at St. Andrews in 2010.
Ballesteros, who underwent four operations on a malignant brain tumor late last year, said he would like to be able to play in next year’s championship as a gesture of gratitude to his British fans who have supported him for three decades.
Rick Rhoden held on Sunday to claim a record eighth victory at the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship after Dan Quinn’s comeback attempt ended with a shot into the pond guarding the 18th hole.
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