First victory in 11 years for former Open Champ who says he is feeling very blessed.
Former Open Championship winning golfer Stewart Cink returned to his winning ways at the RBC Heritage event on the PGA Tour.
And just like his trophy haul, peace and joy is not lacking thanks to his faith in Jesus.
Cink, 47, had endured 11 barren years on the PGA Tour. But with his son as his caddie he has now notched up two wins on the 2020-2021 tour and is primed for more success.
However, the 2009 Open Championship winner does not place his confidence in victories on the course.
As a family man and committed Christian, there is much more to life for Cink.
In the wake of his win, he said: “I don’t know if I have words.
“It just keeps getting better. It’s just so great to have the whole family here, that means so much to me. It’s just really a blast this week.
“It’s just an amazing blessing. God has blessed us beyond words, and I’m just super grateful and I love them so much.”
After spending time with his family on the course, Cink went before the assembled press, where he was quizzed on how he still has the composure to perform at the elite level as he approaches 50 years of age.
He said: “The thing about me and my family, with the peace and joy we experience, it’s not that we just wait for the circumstances to line up, like the planets or some signs or tea leaves or something.
“We install our own peace and joy because of our faith in Jesus Christ, basically.
“That is the number one tenet of my life, and it enables me to feel peaceful and joyful even when the golf ball is not agreeing with my club face and not going in the hole.
“I don’t seek peace and joy out of golf because I know I can never depend on it to fully sustain that kind of peace and joy that I’m looking for.
“I love playing and winning and having a week like this is just amazing, but the peace and joy that we experience — and it’s available to everybody — is something that you don’t have to wait for the circumstances.”
After winning his first event in 11 years at the Safeway Open in 2020, Cink also explained how studying the Bible helps keep him grounded in the demanding world of professional sport.
He said: “Faith just helps me iron out a lot of the bad stuff, and whenever I feel like I’m on top of the world, it helps me realise that the glory is not for me.
“Golf can be really up and down. Studying the Bible and being with fellow believers helps me to feel like I can be the same every day and be grounded in something that’ll never change.”