Cink wins Safeway Open for 1st victory since 2009

Stewart Cink shot a final-round 65 to win the Safeway Open for his first victory since the 2009 Open Championship.

Cink entered Sunday trailing by two shots on the crowded leaderboard and played flawless golf before recording his first bogey on the 17th. He rebounded with a closing birdie to cap his second consecutive 7-under round for a two-stroke victory over Harry Higgs.

The 47-year-old’s seventh PGA Tour title came with his son, Reagan, as his caddie. It’s Cink’s first win since he infamously beat the 59-year-old Tom Watson in a playoff at Turnberry 11 years ago.

Here’s how the leaderboard of the 2020-21 season opener finished:

Place Player To Par R4 Score
1 Stewart Cink -21 65
2 Harry Higgs -19 68
T3 Doc Redman -18 62
T3 Chez Reavie -18 66
T3 Kevin Streelman -18 67
T3 Brian Stuard -18 70

Doc Redman flew up the leaderboard with a 10-under 62 in Round 4 for his second tied-for-third results in his last three starts.

Akshay Bhatia finished in a tie for ninth for the best result of his young PGA Tour career. The finish qualifies the 18-year-old for the Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship in two weeks.

Phil Mickelson ended up in a share of 44th after shooting 70 in his final round before returning to Winged Foot for next week’s U.S. Open.

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