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Cink - most unpopular major winner?

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by baggers (U9048028) 19 July 2009
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Just wondered about people's thoughts on Cink winning. Would have loved Watson or Westwood to have won.

Is Cink the most unpopular major winner, beating Todd Hamilton who overcame Ernie is 2004?

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posted Jul 20, 2009

With both Tom Watson and Steward Cink gracious in both defeat and victory respectively, the sight of an ill-tempered Tiger Woods was all disregarded by a spectacle that will be remembered for what the game is all about. Thanks Tom, see you next year.

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posted Jul 20, 2009

It was one of the best Opens, let down slightly by the anti-climax at the end. Cink took less shots and deserved to win, but Watson's effort will remain in memory for years, and eclipse many of the other majors, both gone, and to come. I was inspired by Jack's gritty show at the end of the Dual in the Sun, I am equally inspired by Tom's overall display over these four days. 32 years split two defeats, but both equally remarkable moments. More of the same please!

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comment by Warren (U2606196)

posted Jul 20, 2009

For me Stewart is a great and deserving champion as he is one of the nicest guys on the golf tour.
I attended the Championship from Tuesday onwards and Stewart was one of the players who spent alot of time signing autographs, posing for pictures and joking with the galleries. He also pulled out two birdies on the final day on the very difficult 18th. Yes Tom would have been a great story but I'm delighted that such a nice guy has won the title.

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posted Jul 20, 2009

I was rooting for Watson, but Cink was a very worthy (and gracious) winner.

For all the talk of him escaping the radar he was the only player who both started the day under par and managed to break par in the final round, which he achieved by the means of a fantastic birdie putt on the 18th when he knew full well its importance.

That is the sort of performance under pressure you want from a Major Champion and I expect to see more from Mr. Cink in the future - congratulations.

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posted Jul 20, 2009

the two best players over the 4 days (Watson and Westwood) finished with all the praise but not the silverware. Cink played brilliantly and took his opportunity in the play off very well. But I am disappointed that neither of the two W's won - watson winning would have created a record I am sure would not be beaten ever; and westwood winning would have shown the guys across the water that we can win majors.

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posted Jul 20, 2009

Anyone who thinks Cink is a journeyman must also
believe that most our European pros are journeymen also? Even if one had won? Week in week out most top players are on the PGA tour (inc. Cink) whereas European players, generally lower ranked are on the European PGA tour.

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comment by Ken (U6608457)

posted Jul 20, 2009

"Tom, and the irripressable Peter Alyiss alike, really are gentle men."

Hmm, the same Allis who apprently said "Oh, it's you, **** off, you're a pain" to a member of the press in the days before the first round.

While I actually agree with his sentiments concerning the journalist in question, who is the master of muck-raking non-stories that waste the world's stock of paper and news-print, it's not exactly the behaviour of a gentleman :-)

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comment by RuariJM (U2175204)

posted Jul 21, 2009

chich1985 - "whereas European players, generally lower ranked are on the European PGA tour. "

Have you looked at the OGWR lately? US and European players are pretty much evenly represented in the top 50 - something like 19 against 17, in favour of the Europeans.

And that is even with the handicap of teh US PGA Tour events carrying more ranking points, because of significantly higher prizemoney - something that is likely to change over the next year or so.

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comment by RuariJM (U2175204)

posted Jul 21, 2009

But agree that the appellation 'journeyman' is somewht misplaced, in Cink's case.

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posted Jul 21, 2009

I was more trying to compare the strength of the PGA and European PGA tour. The regular PGA tour events each week seem to have more quality than the European PGA tour events. So CInk performs well in America he is doing so against a better field. Just that most people wont pay attention to the PGA tour each week, and only watch when a tournament is on the BBC yet they all seem to know a journeyman when they see one! Should check out the players who struggle to make it to the PGA tour. Im sure the Nationwide tour provides a pretty penny to those who are consistent but if one of those won a major then that would be a journeyman!

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