We’re nearing the end of 2021, a year that was again marked by the many challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. But we found a way to push through and witnessed another unforgettable year of local sports action. Let’s take a look at some of my favorite memories and moments of the action I covered this year across the Lowco.
The purest, most fruitful father-son relationships are unbeatable, and Stewart and Reagan Cink proved that in grand fashion while sending many of us down a smiling, memory lane of our own Sunday at the RBC Heritage.
With his son right beside him holding his bag and his family close behind, 47-year-old Stewart Cink strolled to the 18th hole at Harbour Town Golf Links on Sunday evening to complete an unthinkable run. The tartan jacket was his for the third time, and the fit never felt better.
After an impressive victory at the Safeway Open, followed by another top-five finish in Bermuda, Stewart Cink knew his son Reagan needed to stay on his bag. Now, just a handful of months later, the father and son find themselves 18 holes away from a weekend to remember forever at the RBC Heritage.
If you’ve been waiting for 47-year-old Stewart Cink to fade, you’re running out of time. The two-time champion Cink is still sitting at the top of the leaderboard with a 54-hole tournament record 18-under-par score after three rounds at the 2021 RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing, and though his scorching pace finally cooled off a bit during Saturday’s round, he is still five shots clear of his closest competitor, reigning PGA champion Collin Morikawa.
In 2009, Brian Gay set a seemingly unbeatable RBC Heritage record of 20-under par. Just last year, Webb Simpson did two better, albeit in summer conditions. But one year later, a hero from Heritage lore might just break the mark again.
Harbour Town Golf Links has brought out the best in 47-year-old Stewart Cink this week, leaving everyone chasing the two-time RBC Heritage champion. But rising star Collin Morikawa is lurking, and he hasn’t even given Pete Dye’s masterpiece his best shot yet, so it could be a special weekend for the former Cal Bear.
Two-time champion Stewart Cink continued his stellar play at Harbour Town Golf Links on Friday, firing a second consecutive round of 8-under 63 to claim a five-shot lead over Canada’s Corey Conners at the halfway point of the 2021 RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing.
The RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing is back in its traditional April slot on the schedule, and a very fortunate portion of Plaid Nation is back at Harbour Town Golf Links after a spectator-free 2020 tournament in June.