• Stewart Cink wins Safeway Open

    Stewart Cink
    Stewart Cink

    A whole 11 years after his last professional win, Stewart Cink emerged on top at the Safeway Open on Sunday with a two-shot victory in Napa.

    The final round promised to be rather intriguing with three players occupying top spot after a lot of movement on moving day.

    But, a final-round 65 by the 47-year-old Cink had him climb the summit of the leaderboard – finishing on 21 under par and edging Harry Higgs by two strokes in the end.

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    Cink got the ball rolling with four excellent birdies on the front nine and added three more on the 11th, 15th and 16th holes before dropping a shot on the 17th.

    However, the 2009 Open Championship winner responded to conclude in style with another birdie on the final hole to sign off with a seven under, bagging his eighth PGA Tour title in the process.

    One of the overnight leaders Brian Stuard had to settle for a final-round 70 to end the week in T3 on 18 under par, while James Hahn, another player who shared the lead on Saturday, dropped eight spots to T9 after his round of even par.

    Australia’s Cameron Percy suffered the biggest drop, however, after shooting a two-over-par 74 on Sunday to settle in T23 for the event.

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    South Africa’s Charl Schwartzel started the final round four shots behind the leaders and in the end also finished the week in T23 on 14 under par after a round of 70 on Sunday.

    Countryman Branden Grace concluded the event a further stroke back on 13 under and in T29 after a solid final-round 68.

     

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