Stewart Cink said his British Open victory provided total vindication for the wholesale alterations he had recently made to his game.
“When you’re having a solid career and you go and just make massive changes, it’s a leap of faith to some extent,” the 36-year-old told reporters after defeating fellow American Tom Watson in a four-hole playoff on Sunday. “I trusted myself I would be able to transform myself into a new type of golfer and I guess that transformation, with this Claret Jug in my hand, is now complete,” said the Ryder Cup stalwart.
Age limit exemption to be studied Watson’s heroic attempt has persuaded event chiefs to consider changing the age limit exemption for former champions.
The age limit was reduced from 65 to 60 only two years ago but 59-year-old Watson made a strong case for allowing aging greats to keep coming back well into the twilight of their careers.