Not Purdy But Cink Wins MCI Heritage

By Sports NetworkApril 18, 2004, 4:00 pm
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- Stewart Cink birdied the fifth playoff hole on Sunday to defeat overnight leader Ted Purdy and win the Heritage.
Cink overcame a nine-shot deficit in the final round to win for the third time on the PGA Tour. The tour record for largest final-round comeback is Paul Lawrie's 10-shot turnaround at the 1999 British Open, but Cink's is the biggest on American soil.
'I'm playing well. I've been consistent this year,' said Cink, who pocketed $864,000 for his first win on tour since this event in 2000. 'I've waited a few years for it and it feels great.'
At the par-4 16th at Harbour Town Golf Links, Cink drove into a collection area on the left side. Purdy found the first cut on the right and knocked his approach through the green. Cink hit a spectacular iron shot from 75 yards to 6 feet.
Purdy, who squandered a four-stroke lead on Sunday, chipped 8 feet past the cup, then drained the par save to apply the pressure to Cink. Cink responded and holed the putt for his second Heritage title.
After the putt, it seemed that Cink would don the plaid blazer for the victor. However, rules officials needed a moment of his time. Fans called in and thought that Cink improved his lie on the final hole.
Cink drove into a waste area and was allowed to move loose impediments and ground his club, unlike if he were in a regular bunker. The video showed that Cink might have moved some of the sand, which he could not do, but officials ultimately ruled that he did nothing wrong.
Now Cink was the champion.
'I just moved rocks out of the way,' said Cink. 'We determined that I did everything within the rules. I did what I was told I could do.'
Cink fired a final-round, 7-under 64 while Purdy, still in search of his first win on the PGA Tour, struggled to a 2-over 73. The duo finished regulation knotted at 10-under-par 274.
Both players had to work in order to reach minus-10. Cink, who played two hours ahead of Purdy, drained an 8-footer for birdie at the 18th to get to 10 under par. Purdy missed the green at the par-3 17th and chipped 16 feet past the hole. He rolled home the par save but missed a 10-foot birdie chance on the 72nd hole that would have won the tournament.
The first extra hole was 18 and both players two-putted for par. The 16th was the second playoff hole and the duo had problems off the tee. Cink was in the short grass but had a tree in front of him and Purdy fortunately hit a cart that kept his ball in bounds on the right. Purdy came up short of the green with his second and Cink's ball spun back to 20 feet. Purdy chipped to 5 feet and Cink missed his birdie try, meaning Purdy had to make his par putt to extend the playoff, which he did.
At the 17th, Cink had 10 feet for birdie and Purdy had almost double that length. Neither made their putts but Cink would have a tremendous opportunity on the fourth sudden-death hole.
The pair was at the 18th tee for the third time on Sunday and both found the fairway. Purdy, who was 30 yards behind Cink, could not get a 7-iron to the green, instead landing near the front bunker. Cink hit a pitching-wedge from 146 yards to 6 feet. Purdy chipped two feet below the hole but was granted new life when Cink's putt never grazed the cup. Both tapped in for pars to set up the win for Cink at 16.
'It was a long day,' said Cink. 'I played great today. It was a roller-coaster ride. I feel very fortunate.'
Purdy, who won the Nationwide Tour's First Tee Arkansas Classic this week last year, failed to get into the winner's circle for the first time on the PGA Tour but the second-place money will probably seal up his card for 2005.
'I wanted to win,' said Purdy. 'I don't play for the money. I'm out here trying to win golf tournaments. I was close.'
Ernie Els, who came in second to Phil Mickelson last week at the Masters, posted a 2-under 69 on Sunday and shared third place. Carl Pettersson (67) and Patrick Sheehan (70) joined the three-time major winner at 8-under-par 276.
At the start of the round it looked like everyone would be chasing Purdy but Cink stole the show on Sunday.
He birdied two of his first three holes, then ran home an 18-footer for eagle at the fifth. Cink closed out his front nine with a 21-foot birdie to get back in the hunt.
Cink traded a birdie for a bogey at 10 and 11, but sank an 8-footer for birdie at 15. He played one of the best shots to 18 all week as he made another 8-footer for birdie. Cink was in the clubhouse at 10 under par and Purdy was on the 10th hole.
Purdy hit a 4-iron over the hole but through the green at No. 10. His chip came up short of the green and he missed the par putt, giving him a one-shot lead.
He dropped a shot at the par-5 15th but still came close to his first win.
Davis Love III, the 2003 champion and five-time winner of this event, posted a 1-over 72 and tied for 32nd at 1-under-par 283.
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    McIlroy responds to Harmon's 'robot' criticism

    By Mercer BaggsJuly 20, 2018, 6:53 am

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Rory McIlroy said during his pre-championship news conference that he wanted to play more "carefree" – citing Jon Rahm’s approach now and the way McIlroy played in his younger days.

    McIlroy got off to a good start Thursday at Carnoustie, shooting 2-under 69, good for a share of eighth place.

    But while McIlroy admits to wanting to be a little less structured on the course, he took offense to comments made by swing coach Butch Harmon during a Sky Sports telecast.

    Said Harmon:

    “Rory had this spell when he wasn’t putting good and hitting the ball good, and he got so wrapped up in how he was going to do it he forgot how to do it.

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    “He is one of the best players the game has ever seen. If he would just go back to being a kid and playing the way he won these championships and play your game, don’t have any fear or robotic thoughts. Just play golf. Just go do it.

    “This is a young kid who’s still one of the best players in the world. He needs to understand that. Forget about your brand and your endorsement contracts. Forget about all that. Just go back to having fun playing golf. I still think he is one of the best in the world and can be No.1 again if he just lets himself do it.”

    McIlroy, who has never worked with Harmon, responded to the comments when asked about them following his opening round.

    “Look, I like Butch. Definitely, I would say I'm on the opposite end of the spectrum than someone that's mechanical and someone that's – you know, it's easy to make comments when you don't know what's happening,” McIlroy said. “I haven't spoken to Butch in a long time. He doesn't know what I'm working on in my swing. He doesn't know what's in my head. So it's easy to make comments and easy to speculate. But unless you actually know what's happening, I just really don't take any notice of it.”

    McIlroy second round at The Open began at 2:52 a.m. ET.

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    How The Open cut line is determined

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 5:57 am

    Scores on Day 1 of the 147th Open Championship ranged from 5-under 66 to 11-over 82.

    The field of 156 players will be cut nearly in half for weekend play at Carnoustie. Here’s how the cut line works in the season’s third major championship:

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    • After 36 holes, the low 70 players and ties will advance to compete in the final two rounds. Anyone finishing worse than that will get the boot. Only those making the cut earn official money from the $10.5 million purse.

    • There is no 10-shot rule. That rule means anyone within 10 shots of the lead after two rounds, regardless of where they stand in the championship, make the cut. It’s just a flat top 70 finishers and ties.

    • There is only a single cut at The Open. PGA Tour events employ an MDF (Made cut Did not Finish) rule, which narrows the field after the third round if more than 78 players make the cut. That is not used at this major.

    The projected cut line after the first round this week was 1 over par, which included 71 players tied for 50th or better.

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    The Open 101: A guide to the year's third major

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 5:30 am

    Take a look at some answers to frequently asked questions about The Open:

    What's all this "The Open" stuff? I thought it was the British Open.

    What you call it has historically depended on where you were. If you were in the U.S., you called it the British Open, just as Europeans refer to the PGA Championship as the U.S. PGA. Outside the U.S. it generally has been referred to as The Open Championship. The preferred name of the organizers is The Open.

    How old is it?

    It's the oldest golf championship, dating back to 1860.

    Where is it played?

    There is a rotation – or "rota" – of courses used. Currently there are 10: Royal Birkdale, Royal St. George's, Royal Liverpool and Royal Lytham and St. Annes, all in England; Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland and St. Andrews, Carnoustie, Royal Troon, Turnberry and Muirfield, all in Scotland. Muirfield was removed from the rota in 2016 when members voted against allowing female members, but when the vote was reversed in 2017 it was allowed back in.

    Where will it be played this year?

    At Carnoustie, which is located on the south-eastern shore of Scotland.

    Who has won The Open on that course?

    Going back to the first time Carnoustie hosted, in 1931, winners there have been Tommy Armour, Henry Cotton (1937), Ben Hogan (1953), Gary Player (1968), Tom Watson (1975), Paul Lawrie (1999), Padraig Harrington (2007).

    Wasn't that the year Hogan nearly won the Slam?

    Yep. He had won the Masters and U.S. Open that season, then traveled to Carnoustie and won that as well. It was the only time he ever played The Open. He was unable to play the PGA Championship that season because the dates conflicted with those of The Open.

    Jean Van de Velde's name should be on that list, right?

    This is true. He had a three-shot lead on the final hole in 1999 and made triple bogey. He lost in a playoff to Lawrie, which also included Justin Leonard.

    Who has won this event the most?

    Harry Vardon, who was from the Channel Island of Jersey, won a record six times between 1896 and 1914. Australian Peter Thomson, American Watson, Scot James Braid and Englishman J.H. Taylor each won five times.

    What about the Morrises?

    Tom Sr. won four times between 1861 and 1867. His son, Tom Jr., also won four times, between 1868 and 1872.

    Have players from any particular country dominated?

    In the early days, Scots won the first 29 Opens – not a shocker since they were all played at one of three Scottish courses, Prestwick, St. Andrews and Musselburgh. In the current era, going back to 1999 (we'll explain why that year in a minute), the scoreboard is United States, nine wins; South Africa, three wins; Ireland, two wins; Northern Ireland, two wins; and Sweden, one win. The only Scot to win in that period was Lawrie, who took advantage of one of the biggest collapses in golf history.

    Who is this year's defending champion?

    That would be American Jordan Spieth, who survived an adventerous final round to defeat Matt Kuchar by three strokes and earn the third leg of the career Grand Slam.

    What is the trophy called?

    The claret jug. It's official name is the Golf Champion Trophy, but you rarely hear that used. The claret jug replaced the original Challenge Belt in 1872. The winner of the claret jug gets to keep it for a year, then must return it (each winner gets a replica to keep).

    Which Opens have been the most memorable?

    Well, there was Palmer in 1961and '62; Van de Velde's collapse in 1999; Hogan's win in 1953; Tiger Woods' eight-shot domination of the 2000 Open at St. Andrews; Watson almost winning at age 59 in 2009; Doug Sanders missing what would have been a winning 3-foot putt at St. Andrews in 1970; Tony Jacklin becoming the first Briton to win the championship in 18 years; and, of course, the Duel in the Sun at Turnberry in 1977, in which Watson and Jack Nicklaus dueled head-to-head over the final 36 holes, Watson winning by shooting 65-65 to Nicklaus' 65-66.

    When I watch this tournament on TV, I hear lots of unfamiliar terms, like "gorse" and "whin" and "burn." What do these terms mean?

    Gorse is a prickly shrub, which sometimes is referred to as whin. Heather is also a shrub. What the scots call a burn, would also be considered a creek or stream.

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    How to watch The Open on TV and online

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 5:30 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  

    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; or check the GLE app)

    Monday, July 16

    GC: 7-9AM: Morning Drive (

    GC: 9-11AM: Live From The Open (

    GC: 7-9PM: Live From The Open (

    Tuesday, July 17

    GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (

    Wednesday, July 18

    GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (

    Thursday, July 19

    GC: Midnight-1:30AM: Midnight Drive (

    GC: Day 1: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 1: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 1: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM ( Day 1: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (

    GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (

    Friday, July 20

    GC: Day 2: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 2: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 2: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM ( Day 2: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (

    GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (

    Saturday, July 21

    GC: Day 3: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (

    NBC: Rd. 3: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-3PM ( Day 3: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-3PM ( Day 3: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-3PM ( Day 3: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-3PM (

    GC: Live From The Open: 3-4PM (

    Sunday, July 22

    GC: Day 4: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (

    NBC: Rd. 4: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-2:30PM ( Day 4: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-2:30PM ( Day 4: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-2PM ( Day 4: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-2PM (

    GC: Live From The Open: 2:30-4PM (