I hope you got to watch the Open Championship yesterday, otherwise known as the British Open to us in Los Estados Unidos.
In talking with Cink’s parents, friends, former coaches, it was interesting how they all said they were surprised that he hadn’t yet won a major. But how they knew that he was going to win Sunday because he looked different than he has during the other tournaments:
“He had a look about him today that I don’t think we’ve seen in a while. Very confident in the way he walked and presented himself. Everybody knew he was agreat player but to perform like that under pressure and win a major is just awesome.”
— Chad Parker, head pro at East Lake Golf Club, who grew up with Cink in Florence, Ala.
“I saw how charged up he was and I thought he’d make it [ the first birdie putt on 18]. I was surprised on the two putts he missed, one on 14 and one on 17.”
— Chris Burns, who taught Cink the game in Florence, S.C.
The birdie putt on 18 was outstanding, but it was just one of several shots during the tourney. The approach, heck both approaches on 18, the one during the 72 and the one during the playoff, were unbelievable.
The other common thread was how everyone discussed just what a nice guy Cink is, which makes the win even more satisfying.
“Proud of Stewart. Proud of Stewart for a long, long time. He’s a celebrity in Florence, Ala. He’s picked up a lot of fans, because he’s such a gentlemen.”
“He’s just one of the best guys there is playing golf. We’ve had several conversations about where nice guys finish. It’s nice to see a nice guy finish first.”
— Tech golf coach Bruce Heppler
Now that Cink has broken through, which former Tech athletes do you predict big things for in the future? Bryce Molder, for example. He didn’t have the best Sunday, but he was in position to be one of the late groups.
What about baseball? Will Teixeira get his World Series win this year?
Who would you like to see break through?