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Monday, April 19, 2021

The Limerick Summary: 2021 RBC Heritage

Winner: Stewart Cink

Around the wider world of golf: There was A LOT of golf this week! Lydia Ko won the LOTTE Championship on the LPGA; Steve Stricker won the Chubb Classic on the Champions Tour; Peter Uihlein won the MGM Resorts Championship on the Korn Ferry Tour; Ruixin Liu won the Casino del Sol Golf Classic on the Symetra Tour; John Catlin won the Austrian Golf Open on the ET; Joe Highsmith won the individual title at the NCAA's Western Intercollegiate and Pepperdine won the team title; Do Yeob Moon won the DB Accident Insurance Promy on the KGPA; Takumi Kanaya won the Token Homemade Cup on the JGTO; and Miyuu Yamashita won the KKT Cup Ventelin Ladies Open on the JLPGA. [Thanks again for the Asian tour updates, IC!]

Stewart Cink with the RBC Heritage trophy

The Masters hangover definitely affected my Twofer Tuesday picks this week, but I'm not complaining. I had Webb Simpson (T9) and Will Zalatoris (T42). Will simply ran out of gas over the weekend but Webb held it together well enough to get me another Top10.

  • Top10s: 10 for 32 (6 Top5s, 4 other Top10)
  • Winners: 0 for 15 events

But Stewart Cink really found something in the aftermath of Augusta. After blistering the course for two days he held his own Saturday and took a five-shot lead into the final day... and nobody else had enough gas to make a run at him on Sunday.

With his son Reagan on the bag again for another win -- joining Bryson DeChambeau as the only two-time winners on Tour this season -- and the rest of his family there to celebrate with him, Stewart set all kinds of records at Hilton Head without ever seeming to doubt the outcome. I won't list them all here, other than to mention he's won this event three times over 21 years.

You might remember that Stewart took time off from the Tour a few years back to make sure his wife Lisa had all the help she needed to beat cancer, and on Sunday she cried as she expressed her amazement at what he was doing at age 47. His other son Connor (who has won the Father-Son event with him in the past) made a special trip to make sure he was there for this win.

Harold Varner III summed it up the best: "“He's old and he's kicking everyone's ass."

The analysts are always talking about how golf is a game where age doesn't make a difference, but you can tell from their reactions to Stewart's season that they don't really believe it. But clearly Stewart does and he may yet make believers of us all.

In the meantime he can bask in the glow of his second Limerick Summary in less than a year. You go, Stew!

Not ready to step off the stage?
Apparently Stewart says, “Nay!”
Though some folks won’t hear,
Two wins make it clear:
The golf ball DOES NOT know your age.

The photo came from this page at pgatour.com.

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