HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The golf was exceptional for Stewart Cink. What made his third RBC Heritage title truly special was that his family was there to experience his age-defying success.
Cink hugged son Reagan, his caddie, after he closed out his four-shot victory at Harbour Town with a stress-free par on the lighthouse-framed 18th hole. Wife Lisa, their other son, Connor, and his fiancee, Jess Baker, were in the gallery cheering Cink's second win this season.
“To have a posse like that waiting at the end to celebrate with,” Cink said, “it's just an experience you don't get to have in your life that often.”
Maybe the Cink family has more such joyous moments ahead with Stewart's resurgence on the PGA Tour.
He shot a steady, stress-free 70 to cap off a dominant, record-breaking week at an age — 47 — when many players are looking ahead to the PGA Tour Champions.
Instead, it was Cink finishing four better than Emiliano Grillo and Harold Varner III. Grillo shot a 68 while Varner, who had the highest finish of his career, fired a 66.
The 30-year-old Varner took found plenty of encouragement in the man who beat him.
“He's old and he's kicking everyone's (butt),” Varner said. “Yeah, it inspires me. It inspires me to know that I can play golf for a long time.”