Poor Stewart Cink.
He lost a chance to win the U.S. Open at Southern Hills in 2001 because he tried to get out of Retief Goosen’s way at the 72nd hole. He didn’t know, ultimately, that the short putt he rushed and missed would have given him a chance to win in a playoff. Now, eight years later, having mended those old wounds, Cink wins his first major because he refused to get out of the way. He refused even as millions of golf fans watching on TV wished he would get out of Tom Watson’s way.
Cink deserved to win. He doesn’t deserve to be cast in the role of the guy who ruined the greatest golf story of our generation. Really, Watson, the great sportsman that he is, knows his bogey at the last hole ruined the story. Cink did what champions do. He summoned his best when it mattered.