50 Cink still celebrating biggest win
Cink, a former Georgia Tech golfer who lives near Atlanta in Duluth, Wednesday talked about his British Open championship after returning to Atlanta.
The biggest win in Cinks career was not popular with golf fans who were pulling for 59-year-old Tom Watson.
Cink tied Watson, the five-time Open champion, with what he called the biggest putt of my career by far on the 18th hole of the final round on Sunday. Cink defeated Watson in a four-hole playoff by six strokes for his first major victory.
After spoiling Watsons fairy-tale ending, Cink was roasted in some local newspapers.
The Scottish Sun called him Stewart Stink. The Telegraph referred to him as the giant ogre in a childrens story, and the Shrek of Turnberry.
Even so, the claret jug awarded to Open champions belongs to Cink for a year.
He said he has used the claret jug for more than the celebratory pint of Guinness he poured in after his victory.
Cink drank champagne from the trophy with friends in Atlanta on Tuesday night, shared pictures of it with his Twitter followers and joked that he had trouble deciding which cup to use for his morning glass of orange juice.
He said he has also let his children drink water and Coca-Cola from the jug.
Its not going to see a lot of case time, Cink said.
Cink flew from New York to Atlanta Tuesday night in time to watch his appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman. Cink said he hopes his visit with Letterman will help earn him a new nickname he would prefer to ogre or Shrek.
Item No. 3 on Lettermans Top 10 list, read by Cink, was the suggested nickname: 50 Cink, a reference to rapper 50 Cent.
Im hoping that one sticks, Cink said. Tiger (Woods) calls me Kitchen and he thinks he came up with it.
Of all the congratulatory calls and e-mails Cink received, the NHL fan said he was most excited about messages from his favorite hometown team.
Cink said the messages from Atlanta Thrashers players were the ones he had to show off.
When I got those messages, I had to show all my family, Cink said. That was an extreme cool factor.
Cink said he also received messages from Jack Nicklaus and Andy Roddick.
Cink is the second former Georgia Tech player to win the British Open this decade. David Duval won the tournament in 2001.
Cink has six career PGA Tour wins, but this was his first win in a major.
Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?
Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.
Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”
Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.
Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.
The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.
Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.
Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.
Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.
Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational
Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.
The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.
Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.
Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.
The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.
Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.