Stewart Cinks Naked Ambition

By Brian HewittJune 22, 2008, 4:00 pm
These guys are candid.
 
Stewart Cink said Sunday that he got a tip from his wife, Lisa. She said, Sometimes you have to be willing to run across the green naked, Cink said.
 
Which is something youll probably never read in any instruction or golf psychology book. At least not those exact words.
 
Cink, before the first golf ball went into the air Sunday at Hartford, was always going to be the first litmus test of a remaining 2008 without Tiger Woods.
 
He passed. He won the Travelers Championship by a shot over Tommy Armour III and defending champion Hunter Mahan.
 
Cink has been having a wonderful year. And he entered the final round with a two-shot lead. That was the good news.
 
The bad news was that on the previous nine occasions Cink went into the last day with at least a share of the lead he had won just once. The most notable of these disappointments was the 2001 U.S. Open at Southern Hills where Cink missed an inside-the-leather putt on the 72d green that kept him from joining a playoff in which Retief Goosen defeated Mark Brooks.
 
The whole sports world is going to be looking at golf and its best players a little differently until Tiger returns. And people are going to be a little harsher on the players that have stuck around to fight the good fight. Cink is one of those players.
 
He is a certain Ryder Cupper this fall and an almost certain Presidents Cupper next year. Can players like Cink and world No. 2 Phil Mickelson, who had such a disappointing U.S. Open home game at Torrey Pines South, carry the American flag against the recently-dominant European side at the Ryder Cup in September at Valhalla in Kentucky?
 
Cink has previously played in three Ryder Cups. He has won three, lost five and tied four matches. He has never played on a winning Ryder Cup team. However, comma, he did destroy Euro mainstay Sergio Garcia 4 and 3 in the Sunday singles at the K Club two years ago. In Presidents Cup matches Cink is 8-4-1 with a shiny 4-1-0 record in alternate shot.
 
Prior to Sunday, Cink hadnt won since the 2004 WGC-NEC Invitational. He led the TOUR in putting one year, the first player to do so with long putter. And, he said, Saturday, Ive pretty much done everything but win a lot.
 
But he was getting to be a notorious non-finisher. And he was well aware that people see what Woods does and what the rest of the best players dont.
 
Any time Tigers sniffing the lead he just seems to will it through, Cink said. Then youve got the way I was, which, when it seemed like anytime theres a chance to lose, I lose.
 
So Lisa Cink gave her husband the advice. He didnt actually disrobe on the golf course and streak to victory. But he played unafraid golf.
 
Only four previous career wins in America going into Hartford for Cink. Earlier this year he said he fell asleep on two shots in the final round of the PODS Championship. And, he said, it cost him the tournament.
 
So Cink showed up Sunday at the TPC River Highlands determined to keep his eyes wide open. A bogey on the fourth hole after three opening pars was not the kind of start he was looking for. But a birdie on the sixth pushed him back into a one-shot lead over a group of players.
 
At no point after that did Cink lose his lead. He made just the one bogey all day. Im not trying to prove anything to anybody thats out there writing stories or doing articles or whatever, but to myself, he said. I wanted to prove something to myself.
 
He did just that. And he proved something to all the critics who are now looking at players through the demanding prism tinted by Woods absence.
 
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    Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

    By Tiger TrackerJuly 21, 2018, 2:15 pm

    Tiger Woods, in search of his 15th career major championship title, started the weekend six off the lead at Carnoustie. We're tracking him in Round 3 of The Open.


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    Rose's Saturday 64 matches Carnoustie Open record

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 21, 2018, 1:03 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Justin Rose needed to sink a 14-foot putt on the final hole Friday just to make the cut on the number at The Open.

    Freewheeling when he came to the course Saturday, Rose tied the lowest score ever recorded in an Open at Carnoustie.

    Entering the weekend nine shots off the lead, the world No. 3 carded a bogey-free, 7-under 64 to at least make things interesting. It won’t be known for several hours how many shots Rose will be behind, but his back-nine 30 gives him an opportunity, if the wind blows 25 mph Sunday as forecast, to challenge the leaders.


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    After all, Paul Lawrie was 10 shots back entering the final round here in 1999.

    “I think the birdie on 18 last night freed me up, and I’m just very happy to be out on this golf course and not down the road somewhere else this morning,” said Rose, who is at 4-under 209. “So that might have been part of the shift in mindset today. I had nothing to lose from that point of view.”

    Rose’s 64 matched Steve Stricker and Richard Green’s record score at Carnoustie (2007).

    It also was Rose’s career-low round in a major.

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    Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 12:20 pm

    NBC Sports and Golf Channel are showcasing nearly 50 hours of live coverage of the 147th Open. Missed anything? Well, you can catch up right here. Click on the links below for replays from Carnoustie, broken down into daily segments:

    Saturday, Day 3 (Times ET)

    4:30-7AM (Watch): Sunny skies and birdies were on the menu early in Round 3, as Justin Rose made his way around Carnoustie in 64 strokes. Click here or on the image below to watch.


    Friday, Day 2 (Times ET)

    8:20AM-3PM (Watch): As the skies cleared on Friday afternoon, defending champion Jordan Spieth made a run to try and regain the claret jug. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose and Kiradech Aphibarnrat.

    1:30-8:20AM (Watch): On a rainy Friday morning at Carnoustie, Rory McIlroy shot 69 to reach 4 under, while Zach Johnson fired a 67 for the early lead. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Brooks Koepka, Ian Poulter and Cameron Smith.


    Thursday, Day 1 (Times ET)

    Noon-4PM (Watch): Tiger Woods was up and down in the afternoon, as winds picked up a little and no one could catch Kevin Kisner. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Woods, Russell Knox and Hideki Matsuyama.

    1:30-8:25AM (Watch): Defending champion Jordan Spieth got off to a good start, while Kevin Kisner (66) set the early pace. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm and Chris Wood.

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    How to watch The Open on TV and online

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 8:30 am

    You want to watch the 147th Open? Here’s how you can do it.

    Golf Channel and NBC Sports will be televising 182 hours of overall programming from the men's third major of the year at Carnoustie

    In addition to the traditional coverage, the two networks will showcase three live alternate feeds: marquee groups, featured holes (our new 3-hole channel) and spotlight action. You can also watch replays of full-day coverage, Thursday-Sunday, in the Golf Channel app, NBC Sports apps, and on GolfChannel.com.  

    Here’s the weekly TV schedule, with live stream links in parentheses. You can view all the action on the Golf Channel mobile, as well. Alternate coverage is noted in italics:

    (All times Eastern; GC=Golf Channel; NBC=NBC Sports; GC.com=GolfChannel.com or check the GLE app)

    Monday, July 16

    GC: 7-9AM: Morning Drive (stream.golfchannel.com)

    GC: 9-11AM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

    GC: 7-9PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


    Tuesday, July 17

    GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


    Wednesday, July 18

    GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


    Thursday, July 19

    GC: Midnight-1:30AM: Midnight Drive (stream.golfchannel.com)

    GC: Day 1: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

    GC.com: Day 1: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

    GC.com: Day 1: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

    GC.com: Day 1: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

    GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


    Friday, July 20

    GC: Day 2: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

    GC.com: Day 2: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

    GC.com: Day 2: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

    GC.com: Day 2: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

    GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


    Saturday, July 21

    GC: Day 3: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

    NBC: Rd. 3: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

    GC.com: Day 3: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

    GC.com: Day 3: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

    GC.com: Day 3: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

    GC: Live From The Open: 3-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


    Sunday, July 22

    GC: Day 4: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

    NBC: Rd. 4: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-2:30PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

    GC.com: Day 4: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-2:30PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

    GC.com: Day 4: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-2PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

    GC.com: Day 4: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-2PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

    GC: Live From The Open: 2:30-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)