Never too Old to Win

Stewart Cink holding trophy

Never too Old to Win

Stewart Cink picked up his seventh PGA TOUR victory in his 596th Tour start at the age of 47 years, 3 months, 23 days. At 47 years old, Stewart Cink becomes the oldest winner on Tour since Phil Mickelson at the 2019 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

Age keeps players off the football field and forces basketball greats to retire. Then, there’s golf. Pro golfers are still going strong in their 40s. Some win in their 50s, even facing competitors young enough to be their children. Golf even has the Champions Tour for pros over 50 years old. It still draws fans and celebrates great performances.

Even the top PGA Tour events see winners who are older by sporting terms. Tiger Woods won his 15th major at age 43. Phil Mickelson was 43 when he won back-to-back majors. In fact, the following pros are the oldest golfers to win a major in PGA history.

They were Julius Boros, 1968 PGA Championship. Old Tom Morris, 1867 British Open, Jack Nicklaus, 1986 Masters, Jerry Barber, 1961 PGA Championship and Hale Irwin, 1990 U.S. Open.

Stewart Cink’s card was 67-70-65-65—267 (-21), two shots ahead of Harry Higgs.The win marks an incredible 4,074 days since his last Tour victory at the 2009 Open Championship. With the win, he not only collects 500 FedEx Cup points and leads the standings for the first time in his career, but he is fully exempt through the 2022-23 season.

In addition, he earns a spot in 2021 Sentry Tournament of Champions, 2021 THE PLAYERS Championship, plus the 2021 Masters Tournament, and 2021 PGA Championship, among other events. Oh, and he picks up a very handy cheque for US$1,188,000. Only three more years and he will be able to earn some more cash and join Phil on the Championship Tour.

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