PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Stewart Cink walked off the 14th green Thursday at the U.S. Open shaking his head and laughing.
He made a crazy par at the difficult par 5, a hole that promises to have some say in who wins (or loses) this championship.
Cink hit the left side of the green with his third shot, but the ball spun sideways and trickled off and down the steep slope. His shot raced down under the same tree where Paul Goydos made a quadruple-bogey nine to blow his chances in the final round of this year's AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, though the rough that is now there prevented Cink's shot from rolling as far under the tree as Goydos ball did.
Still, Cink had a treacherous chip up the hill with branches preventing a flop. He ended up beautifully misplaying a wedge, stubbing the shot so it scooted out of the rough like a putt and climbed to 6 feet from the hole. He sheepishly hung his head but made the putt.