Pro bookends Open round in inglorious fashion

Fore suitable! The path of Stewart Cink’s tee shot on 18 in the very first spherical of the Open up Championship.


Some times, ya got it. Other times, ya never.

On Thursday, Stewart Cink did not have it.

“It really hurts to have a working day like these days, simply because I enjoy actively playing in this article,” Cink claimed next his 6-in excess of 78 in the opening round of the 150th Open Championship on the storied Outdated Training course.

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That can happen to even the very best gamers in the planet in this article on this bumpy, wind-battered inbound links, and not only for the reason that their swings aren’t cooperating. To put up a range on the Previous System, you also need to have your wits about you. Steering clear of pot bunkers and leaving strategy shots in the suitable spots on and close to the greens involves golfers to feel their way all over the course like a captain tacking a vessel via stormy waters. 1 bad preference can Cink…er, sink you.

Take the par-3 8th, which on the card in the 1st round played about 190 yards. With the wind and the crispiness of the ground, Cink believed he wanted to engage in only a 170-lawn shot to the again-remaining pin. Nope, also much. His ball trundled off the back, top to a bogey. Later, Cink approximated that to be pin large he necessary only to have his ball about 155 yards.

“I felt like it was just one bad final decision right after a further out there,” mentioned Cink, who this 7 days is taking part in in his 23rd Open Championship. “I held becoming erroneous. I’m not definitely accustomed to that.”

He additional, “You get off the rails, and you just experience like you continue to be off the rails.”

The derailing commenced early, at the par-4 1st. Just after splitting the sprawling fairway, Cink experienced only 83 yards still left to the hole. But when he hit his tactic only 72 yards, it disappeared into the burn that fronts the inexperienced. A drop, chip and putt later on, Cink had an opening bogey.

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More than the ensuing 16 holes, he manufactured five additional bogeys from a lone birdie, which brings us to his tee shot at the legendary 18th hole, which shares a fairway with the 1st. There is only a single location you can not pay for to miss out on with your tee shot on 18, and which is ideal, exactly where a hectic pedestrian thoroughfare called The Backlinks strains the entirety of the hole.

Cink skipped appropriate. Like, way correct. A fortunate supporter on The One-way links had an unexpected memento.  

Cink is a jovial soul and superior sport, so irrespective of the hard start out and complete to his round, he however observed a constructive in his struggles.

“I may possibly have set a document currently,” he claimed. “I may well be the to start with individual at any time to strike it in the burn up on 1 and hit it O.B. on 18 in the very same spherical. I do not know, but it was just not a day for me in any way. I couldn’t choose lies proper. I read putts erroneous, and I also executed some photographs rather poorly. Overall, it provides up to about 78.”

Here’s some better news: On Friday, Cink parred the 1st and birdied 18. With 3 other birdies from as a lot of bogeys, it additional up to a a great deal-improved rating, a a single-less than 71.

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