Safeway Open R4

Stewart Cink back in the winner's circle

September 10-13
Silverado Resort and Spa North, Napa, California
$6,600,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 3




Stewart Cink is back in the winner’s circle for the first time since the 2009 Open at Turnberry after closing with a 7-under 65.


It was an emotional win for Cink with his son, Reagan, on the bag this week and his wife, in her fifth year of cancer remission, watching.

”I definitely had a lot of emotions out there today,” Cink said. ”I just was overcome at a few times with a feeling of gratitude and just feeling like how fortunate I am to be in the position that I’m in. It all just kind of poured together into feeling like, ‘Wow, this is really special.”’



Cink, 47, is the oldest winner on Tour since Phil Mickelson’s win at Pebble Beach in February 2019.

He failed to make the playoffs last season with only one top-10 finish, and hasn’t made it to the top-5 since he tied for fourth at the 2018 PGA Championship at Bellerive. He admitted he had come to terms with the possibility he might never win on Tour again.


“I did, but it’s not something I was settled or content with,” Cink said. “I still compete to try to win, and I work hard on my game. And I just try to squeeze every little bit of juice I can out of my golf game, out of that lemon.

“I’ve played some good golf over the years, but it’s been a while since I really played well over four rounds,” Cink said. “When it came time for me to kind of wrestle the bull to the ground, we were able to keep our composure, me and Reagan both – at least it looked like it on the outside – and get the job done.”

He started the new season with conditional status and is now fully exempt through the 2023 season, during which he will turn 50 and become eligible to join the PGA Tour Champions. He has also won entry to the Sentry Tournament of Champions, The Players, Masters and PGA Championship in 2021.



“One of the best things about winning the Safeway Open is it’s the first tournament of the (season), and you get the rest of the year and the year after that, which yours truly will be turning 50 right around that time (May 2023),” Cink said. “So this is key timing for me to get a win. It will keep me in fields for the rest of my career until I turn 50, and then I can move on to another tour maybe. We’ll see.”

Phil Mickelson finished at 10-under, breaking par in all four rounds, in a tie for 44th place, after a week of struggling off the tee and only hitting 12 of 56 fairways.

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“I’ve got some things to work on, but it’s not far off,” Mickelson said. “I’ve got to drive the ball well, my short game needs to be sharp, putting needs to get sharper on faster greens. Lag putting, that’s going to be key. All those things.”

He remains optimistic that he can smooth out these issues in time for the U.S. Open next week.

“There was some positives, too,” he said. “It’s not that far off. It’s not a complete mess, but I’m not striking it the way I’ve been striking it the last few months. It’s not far off, but it’s got to click in the next few days.”



Scottie Scheffler, the leading candidate as PGA Tour rookie of the year, was forced to withdraw from the U.S. Open after testing positive for the coronavirus. He was replaced by Branden Grace, the first alternate based on the August 23 World Ranking, who himself had to withdraw from the PGA Championship last month after he tested positive.

”We are sorry to lose a member of the USGA family in this year’s U.S. Open field,” said John Bodenhamer, the USGA senior managing director of championships. ”Scottie has had a phenomenal rookie season and we look forward to welcoming him back to the U.S. Open Championship for many years to come.”





Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Stewart Cink
-21
67
70
65
65
267
2
Harry Higgs
-19
69
62
70
68
269
T3
Chez Reavie
-18
67
71
66
66
270
T3
Doc Redman
-18
70
69
69
62
270
T3
Kevin Streelman
-18
72
66
65
67
270
T3
Brian Stuard
-18
67
67
66
70
200
T7
Sam Burns
-17
64
65
72
70
271
T7
Kristoffer Ventura
-17
69
66
66
70
271
T9
Akshay Bhatia
-16
66
72
66
68
272
T9
James Hahn
-16
68
65
67
72
200
T9
Russell Knox
-16
63
69
70
70
272
T9
Pat Perez
-16
65
69
69
69
272
T9
J.J. Spaun
-16
70
68
66
68
272
T14
Bud Cauley
-15
68
68
69
68
273
T14
Doug Ghim
-15
67
66
69
71
273
T14
Michael Gligic
-15
70
68
67
68
273
T14
Chesson Hadley
-15
70
67
69
67
273
T14
David Hearn
-15
69
69
66
69
273
T14
Sepp Straka
-15
70
66
68
69
273
T14
Sahith Theegala
-15
71
68
64
70
273
T14
D.J. Trahan
-15
67
65
70
71
273
T14
Xinjun Zhang
-15
69
67
67
70
273
T23
Ricky Barnes
-14
69
66
69
70
274
T23
Beau Hossler
-14
73
65
69
67
274
T23
Nelson Ledesma
-14
69
68
67
70
274
T23
Cameron Percy
-14
64
68
68
74
274
T23
Charl Schwartzel
-14
68
68
68
70
274
T23
Vincent Whaley
-14
69
70
66
69
274
T29
Jason Dufner
-13
70
67
67
71
275
T29
Branden Grace
-13
68
71
68
68
275
T29
Emiliano Grillo
-13
69
68
65
73
275
T29
Bo Hoag
-13
64
72
71
68
275
T29
Tom Hoge
-13
66
68
70
71
275
T29
Brendan Steele
-13
65
70
69
71
275
T29
Harold Varner III
-13
67
71
71
66
275
T36
Mark Anderson
-12
68
69
71
68
276
T36
Cameron Davis
-12
71
68
70
67
276
T36
Scott Harrington
-12
66
70
70
70
276
T36
Anirban Lahiri
-12
74
65
67
70
276
T36
Rob Oppenheim
-12
68
66
73
69
276
T36
Andrew Putnam
-12
70
68
69
69
276
T36
Ben Taylor
-12
69
67
67
73
276
T36
Tim Wilkinson
-12
67
68
68
73
276
T44
Si Woo Kim
-10
70
65
77
66
278
T44
Phil Mickelson
-10
71
67
70
70
278
T46
Jim Furyk
-9
72
66
71
70
279
T46
J.B. Holmes
-9
70
68
70
71
279
T46
Carlos Ortiz
-9
67
70
68
74
279
T46
Patrick Rodgers
-9
67
72
70
70
279
T46
Kyle Stanley
-9
70
69
68
72
279
T46
Nick Watney
-9
72
65
74
68
279
T52
Ryan Blaum
-8
71
67
72
70
280
T52
Austin Cook
-8
68
71
71
70
280
T52
Joel Dahmen
-8
71
68
71
70
280
T52
Jhonattan Vegas
-8
70
68
69
73
280
T56
Kevin Chappell
-7
69
70
73
69
281
T56
Charley Hoffman
-7
67
71
71
72
281
T56
Jamie Lovemark
-7
69
69
71
72
281
T56
Isaiah Salinda
-7
71
68
69
73
281
T56
Hudson Swafford
-7
70
68
72
71
281
T61
Jonathan Byrd
-6
69
69
71
73
282
T61
Will Gordon
-6
72
67
70
73
282
T61
Cheng Tsung Pan
-6
69
70
71
72
282
T61
Adam Schenk
-6
68
71
71
72
282
T65
Lucas Glover
-5
69
67
74
73
283
T65
Luke List
-5
70
69
70
74
283
T67
Brice Garnett
-4
69
70
73
72
284
T67
Brandon Hagy
-4
69
70
74
71
284
T67
Joohyung Kim
-4
67
72
75
70
284
T67
William McGirt
-4
69
69
77
69
284
71
Andy Zhang
-2
66
72
70
78
286
72
MJ Daffue
E
71
65
74
78
288
73
Rhein Gibson
3
73
66
76
76
291
CUT
Aaron Baddeley-47268140
CUT
Chris Baker-47070140
CUT
Zac Blair-46872140
CUT
Keegan Bradley-46872140
CUT
Wesley Bryan-46872140
CUT
Maverick McNealy-46971140
CUT
Grayson Murray-47367140
CUT
Sean O’Hair-46971140
CUT
Ted Potter, Jr.-47268140
CUT
Roger Sloan-47367140
CUT
Chris Stroud-47070140
CUT
Josh Teater-47169140
CUT
Shintaro Ban-37071141
CUT
Ryan Brehm-37467141
CUT
Sergio Garcia-37269141
CUT
Mark Hubbard-36873141
CUT
Hank Lebioda-37170141
CUT
Shane Lowry-36873141
CUT
Peter Malnati-37170141
CUT
Denny McCarthy-36972141
CUT
Troy Merritt-37566141
CUT
Wes Roach-37269141
CUT
Chase Seiffert-37071141
CUT
Zack Sucher-37368141
CUT
Cameron Tringale-37071141
CUT
Camilo Villegas-37269141
CUT
Erik van Rooyen-37071141
CUT
Rafael Campos-27072142
CUT
Sebastian Cappelen-27270142
CUT
Wyndham Clark-26973142
CUT
Michael Gellerman-26973142
CUT
Talor Gooch-26973142
CUT
Bill Haas-27369142
CUT
Kevin Tway-27072142
CUT
Ryan Armour-17172143
CUT
Scott Brown-17469143
CUT
Patton Kizzire-17271143
CUT
Martin Laird-16875143
CUT
Kyoung-Hoon Lee-17469143
CUT
Matthew NeSmith-17271143
CUT
Scott Piercy-17172143
CUT
Sam Ryder-17172143
CUT
Brandt Snedeker-17370143
CUT
Jordan Spieth-17370143
CUT
Peter Uihlein-17271143
CUT
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
E
70
74
144
CUT
Rafa Cabrera Bello
E
74
70
144
CUT
K.J. Choi
E
74
70
144
CUT
Tyler McCumber
E
73
71
144
CUT
Robby Shelton
E
73
71
144
CUT
Scott Stallings
E
71
73
144
CUT
Robert Streb
E
74
70
144
CUT
Martin Trainer
E
71
73
144
CUT
Johnson Wagner
E
72
72
144
CUT
Dominic Bozzelli
1
74
71
145
CUT
Tyler Duncan
1
72
73
145
CUT
Jim Knous
1
69
76
145
CUT
Aaron Wise
1
72
73
145
CUT
Fabián Gómez
2
77
69
146
CUT
Michael Kim
2
76
70
146
CUT
Henrik Norlander
2
75
71
146
CUT
Seamus Power
2
75
71
146
CUT
John Senden
2
72
74
146
CUT
Sangmoon Bae
3
71
76
147
CUT
Joseph Bramlett
3
75
72
147
CUT
Roberto Castro
3
76
71
147
CUT
Alex Cejka
3
73
74
147
CUT
Matt Every
3
74
73
147
CUT
Kelly Kraft
3
74
73
147
CUT
Hunter Mahan
3
73
74
147
CUT
George McNeill
3
72
75
147
CUT
Luke Schniederjans (a)
3
74
73
147
CUT
Luke Donald
4
78
70
148
CUT
Nate Lashley
4
75
73
148
CUT
Graham DeLaet
5
74
75
149
CUT
Kramer Hickok
5
73
76
149
CUT
D.A. Points
6
74
76
150
CUT
Shawn Stefani
6
77
73
150
CUT
Brian Gay
8
77
75
152
CUT
Peter Kuest
9
76
77
153
CUT
Steve Watanabe Jr
9
75
78
153
CUT
Chad Campbell
12
75
81
156
CUT
Parker McLachlin
12
78
78
156
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