HILTON HEAD, S.C. (WTOC) - The 53rd RBC Heritage is in the books and Stewart Cink is leaving with his third win at Harbour Town. Cink won by four shots, finishing -19.
From the start of play on Sunday, Cink didn’t leave much doubt after shooting back-to-back rounds of 63, followed by a 69 on Saturday. The rest of the field was playing follow the leader on Sunday.
“I really felt like I had the kind of stuff this week that was going to be very, very hard to beat if I just maintained my composure, and I knew that with Reagan caddying and with our belief in our game plan and the way we’re going about things, businesslike and very monotonous on the course, that it was just going to be really hard to beat Stewart Cink at this course this weekend. It’s cool when something like that comes over you, when a feeling like that happens, and then the end result is you’re right,” said Cink. His son Reagan caddied for him during the tournament.
With the par putt on 18, Cink set the lowest 36 and 54 hole score at the RBC Heritage of 126 and 195, respectively, shooting a 70 Sunday to finish at -19. Twenty-one years after his first win at Harbour Town in 2000, he did it again — but this week he said it had a little more magic to it.
“The best thing here this week to make it more special or differently special than other tournaments was the fact that it happened at my age and with Reagan caddying and Connor and his fiancé and Lisa were all here; several of my friends came down just to be here for this. To have a posse like that waiting at the end to celebrate with is just — it’s just an experience that you just don’t get to have in your life that often, and I’m very fortunate to be one of the people that got to experience that,” said Cink.
Cink, 47, won the RBC Heritage in 2000, 2004 and now 2021, becoming the third player to win this event three or more times.
RBC Heritage also marked the second win of the season for the former Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket. Cink also lives in Duluth, Georgia.
A final look at the leaderboard shows Cink at the top, Harold Varner III and Emilianio Grillo tied for second, four shots back, which is Varner’s career-best PGA tour finish. Maverick McNealy, Corey Conners and Matt Fitzpatrick in at -13, and Chris Kirk and Collin Morikawa tied for seventh.
Brian Harman would finish tied for 13th at -10 shooting a 70 Sunday.
This year’s RBC Heritage did not need great golf or great weather to be a memorable and historic week. But they got both at Harbour Town, which only enhanced the celebration of seeing the Lowcountry’s largest sports and social event get a little closer to normal.
There were unique preparations and challenges to bringing fans back to the 2021 Heritage, even in a limited capacity. But the crowds that were here all week delivered the atmosphere and excitement that were missing when the tournament was last played in June 2020.
Fans left tournament director Steve Wilmot satisfied that the extra work helped the Heritage get through the week seamlessly.
“This week, knowing what went into it, knowing the support our volunteers have had, knowing the trials and tribulations of the masking up and social distancing and all that, it’s been an incredible week. I compliment the efforts of obviously our volunteers but also the spectators. They understand we’re in unique times. But we’ve had great competition, it’s been a great week and excited to see what happens here later today,” he said.
Wilmot and his team are analyzing the 2021 Heritage, and will begin preparing perhaps as early as tomorrow for the 2022 tournament when everyone hopes a full complement of fans will be welcomed back to Harbour Town.
The next PGA Tour event in our area will be the Palmetto Championship at Congaree coming up in June.