Stewart Cink Shatters Tournament Records After Taking 36-Hole Lead at RBC Heritage 2021

Published 04/17/2021, 7:30 AM EDT
Golf – The Masters – Augusta National Golf Club – Augusta, Georgia, U.S. – April 10, 2021 Stewart Cink of the U.S. hits his tee shot on the 4th hole during the third round REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst


Stewart Cink did not enter RBC Heritage 2021 as one of the favorites. A lot of people did not expect him to deliver a strong performance, but the 47-year-old has taken Harbour Town by storm. Cink cruised to the top of the leaderboard at RBC Heritage and broke tournament records with a sublime performance in Round 2 on Friday. 

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Cink soared atop the leaderboard with an 8-under 63 on Friday. It exactly matched his first-round score and Cink’s 36-hole aggregate of 16-under 126 was a special effort. In fact, it broke the tournament record of 129, previously held by Jack Nicklaus and Phil Mickelson. 

However, this was not all. Stewart Cink achieved yet another milestone with his phenomenal effort in Round 2 at RBC Heritage 2021. After shooting two consecutive rounds of 63, Cink became the oldest 36-hole leader at RBC Heritage at 47 years of age. 

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Apr 16, 2021; Hilton Head, South Carolina, USA; Stewart Cink tees off on the ninth hole during the second round of the RBC Heritage golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

He surpassed players like Miller Barber (1978), Calvin Peete (1990), and Tom Watson (1996), who all once led the RBC Heritage after 36-holes aged 46. Furthermore, Cink also achieved a special milestone after two rounds at Harbour Town. 

The 36-hole lead marked Cink’s first in 4,600 days! It was back during the 2008 Travelers Championship that he had previously led a tournament after two rounds. 

Can Stewart Cink win his third title at Harbour Town? 

Stewart Cink has won two RBC Heritage tournaments in the past. While the event had different sponsors during the times he won it, the venue was the same. Cink has always played well at Harbour Town, and he’s definitely set the bar in 2021. 

Cink is currently carrying a five-stroke lead heading into the weekend. The course is playing well and the veteran golfer is mentally prepared to hold on to the lead till the end of Round 4. 

The two-time Heritage champion has made 13 birdies and two eagles through 36-holes. He’s also made 29 out of 36 greens which is an impressive 80.56% success rate. The consistency is what makes Stewart Cink the favorite to win RBC Heritage 2021. 

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A lot of people are placing their bets on Cink to win at Harbour Town this year. He does have a comfortable lead at the top and just needs to play two error-free rounds to improve his chances of winning the title. Are you backing Cink to win RBC Heritage 2021?

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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