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Monday, September 14, 2020

The Limerick Summary: 2020 Safeway Open

Winner: Stewart Cink

Around the wider world of golf: Mirim Lee put on a short game clinic to win the ANA Inspiration on the LPGA; Curtis Thompson (Lexi's brother) won the Evans Scholars Invitational on the Korn Ferry Tour; Miguel Angel Jiménez won the Sanford International on the Champions Tour; George Coetzee won the Portugal Masters on the ET; Laurent Desmarchais won the Canada Life Series Championship at TPC Toronto on the MacKenzie Tour; and Amy Boulden won the VP Bank Swiss Ladies Open on the LET.

Stewart Cink with Safeway trophy and son/caddie Reagan

So much for my Twofer Tuesday picks. I had Brendan Steele (T29) and Si Woo Kim (T44), and neither played as well as I had hoped. Oh well, another week, another missed opportunity...

  • Top10s: 19 for 48 (9 Top5, 10 other Top10s)
  • Winners: 2 for 24 events
But I don't suppose I could have picked this week's winner anyway -- and even the Top10 on the leaderboard was a bit of a surprise, don't you think? But boy, did we have some good stories play out!

Stewart Cink's last win was the 2009 OPEN which, you may remember, is probably best known for the player he beat -- a guy named Tom Watson. It was Stewart who stole the 59-year-old legend's chance to rewrite the history books.

But it was also the last win Stewart had... and with good reason. The years since have seen Stewart deal with all sorts of personal troubles, like his wife's battle with cancer and medical problems of his own. Many have been quietly impressed by Stewart's ability to continue playing golf while being the primary caregiver for Lisa as she fought her way back.

This week, his son Reagan -- who I believe was only 12 when his dad last won -- was on the bag for the fourth time, and Stewart made no secret of how valuable Reagan's advice and support on the course were. Armed with new Ping equipment, his son on the bag and his wife following them on the course, Stewart snagged his first PGA Tour victory in 11 years while authoring one of the best stories of 2020 so far, as well as a great story to start the 2020-2021 'super season' of 50 events.

And yes, I'm excited to give Stewart his first ever Limerick Summary. You see, Stewart won THE OPEN in July 2009 but I didn't start this blog until August 2009... and the first Limerick Summary appeared on September 4th that year. Welcome to the club, Stew!

Though quiet since breaking Tom’s heart,
Perhaps this is Stewart’s fresh start.
The woes of the past
May be over at last
And his focus returned to his art.

The photo came from the tournament page at

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