Daily Wrap-up: PNC Father/Son Challenge, Round 2December 15, 2013
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Stewart and Connor Cink won the PNC Father/Son Challenge on Sunday, making two eagles in their final five holes for a three-stroke victory in the scramble event.
Connor Cink, a Clemson freshman who preferred hockey over golf as a teen, put the duo in front with a 30-foot eagle at No. 14. His father capped the day with a 20-foot eagle putt at No. 18, the last of nine consecutive 3s in a back-nine 27. They finished with an 11-under 61 for 22-under total.
"We just hit our stride out there," said Stewart Cink, the 2009 British Open winner. "That back nine was just a blur."
Steve and Sam Elkington and Vijay and Qass Singh tied for second. The Singhs shot 61, and the Elkingtons had a 63.
"Connor and Stewart were too strong today," Steve Elkington said. "Who would have picked the Cinks to win the tournament starting the week? And here they did it. They did it easy."
The three-shot victory was the largest in the Father/Son since 2004. The Cinks also are the second team to win in their first start in event that returned last year from a three-year hiatus after the 2008 edition.
"I think it's pretty monumental," Stewart Cink said. "Connor doesn't play golf. We're not talking about a kid who plays in college or has played on various tours. He hasn't played 30 rounds since he was 14 years old. He doesn't play golf, but he's very talented in a lot of his sports."
Connor Cink played youth hockey while growing up outside Atlanta, and for a time considered trying out for Clemson's club hockey squad.
"After this week," he said, "I might try to hit the links a little bit more often."
Defending champions Davis Love III and son Dru were fourth at 17 under after a 63. Next came 73-year-old Jack Nicklaus and son Gary, who began the day two shots off the pace but faded with a 65 that left them tied for fifth at 16 under with Curtis and Tom Strange.
"I was relying every time on (Gary), and you can't do that," Jack Nicklaus said. "You've got to be a team. I've got to contribute my part, and I didn't contribute my part."
WINNERS: Stewart Cink/Conner Cink 61-61—122 (-23) $200,000/team
2 Steve Elkington/Sam Elkington 62-63--125 $68,625/team Vijay Singh/Qass Singh 64-61--125 $68,625/team 4 Davis Love III/Dru Love 64-63--127 $50,000/team 5 Jack Nicklaus/Gary Nicklaus 63-65--128 $48,500/team Curtis Strange/Thomas Strange 65-63--128 $48,500/team 7 Raymond Floyd/Ray Floyd Jr. 66-63--129 $46,500/team Hale Irwin/Steve Irwin 64-65--129 $46,500/team 9 Bernhard Langer/Christina Langer 66-64--130 $44,250/team Larry Nelson/Drew Nelson 67-63--130 $44,250/team Mark O'Meara/Shaun O'Meara 68-62--130 $44,250/team Lanny Wadkins/Tucker Wadkins 65-65--130 $44,250/team 13 David Duval/Dean Karavites 64-68--132 $42,750/team Nick Faldo/Matthew Faldo 67-65--132 $42,750/team 15 Lee Janzen/Connor Janzen 68-65--133 $42,000/team 16 Sandy Lyle/James Lyle 67-67--134 $41,500/team 17 Dave Stockton/Dave Stockton Jr. 68-67--135 $41,000/team 18 Lee Trevino/Daniel Trevino 70-68--138 $40,500/team 19 Fuzzy Zoeller/Gretchen Zappo 70-69--139 $40,250/team 20 Nick Price/Greg Price 72-69--141 $40,000/team
-- Stewart and Conner Cink rallied from an early bogey, overtaking Steve Elkington and his son Sam down the stretch to win the 2013 PNC Father/Son Challenge by three strokes, the largest winning margin since 2004. The Cinks made bogey at the par-4 second hole to fall three strokes back of the Elkingtons and trailed until the 14th hole when Conner Cink, an engineering major at Clemson, holed a 30-foot eagle putt at the par-5. His father followed with birdie putts at the next two holes and then closed the event in style, holing a 22-foot eagle putt at the par-5 18th. The Cinks had a 9-under 27 score on the back nine and needed just nine total putts.
-- With their victory, the team of Stewart and Conner Cink became the first team since Raymond Floyd and Ray Floyd Jr. in 1995 to claim the PNC Father/Son Challenge in their first appearance. Nick and Greg Price also made their first appearance in this event and finished 20th.
-- Defending champions Davis Love III and his son Dru finished fourth.
-- This year’s field included 12 World Golf Hall of Famers and the 20-player field, the largest ever in the history of the event, had won a combined 497 TOUR-sponsored titles, including 64 major championships.
-- Raymond Floyd, Larry Nelson, Hale Irwin and Lee Trevino have now played in all 16 father/son tournaments.