Stewart Cink, USA

In a professional career dating back to 1995, Stewart Cink has enjoyed notable success in a number of tournaments, despite failing to reach the highs of US compatriots including Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods.

With five wins on the PGA Tour dating back to 1997, the now 39-year-old's most notable triumph came at the 2009 Open Championship, which was also his last title.

During the tournament, Cink took advantage of mistakes made by Tom Watson, who was on the verge of becoming golf's oldest major champion at 59 years old, by making a 12-foot birdie on the final hole.

Although the putt only looked good enough for second place, a weary Watson was overcome in the four-hole play-off round that followed, as his US competitor managed to take the crown despite never topping the leader board all week.

He opened the nail-biting clincher with two pars, finished with two birdies and won the tournament by six strokes after the pair ended the normal proceedings with a two-under score of 278.

"I have to be honest, playing against Tom in the playoff, it's mixed feelings because I've watched him with such admiration all week," he commented after his win.

"And of course, it would come down to me against him in the playoff. And then the golf course is so hard that someone eventually is going to probably lose the tournament with mistakes."

Born in Huntsville, Alabama in 1973, Cink played golf from an early age and competed for the Yellow Jackets before turning professional in 1995. During his time in education, the talented player was nicknamed Big League Stew due to his professional manner on the course.

He joined the PGA Tour in 1997 after winning the Mexican Open and three events on the Nationwide Tour during the previous year before taking the crown at the Canon Greater Hartford Open in his rookie season.

Until his first major win in 2009, 2004 was the most successful time for Cink, when he enjoyed a fifth-place finish on the money list and triumphed at the MCI Heritage and the WGC- NEC Invitational.

This year, the talented American birdied his last three holes and surged into a three-way tie for the top spot during the opening round of the Wells Fargo Championship in North Carolina - with Mickelson and Woods failing to make an impact.

Although he was unable to claim his first PGA Tour victory since the British Open, Cink fired a seven-under-par 65 to end a testing day at the Quail Hollow Club.

Career Wins:
July 2009 - The Open Championship
June 2008 - Travelers Championship
August 2004 - WGC-NEC Invitational
April 2004 - MCI Heritage
April 2000 - MCI Classic
July 1997 - Canon Greater Hartford Open

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