Stewart Cink’s surprise win at Napa was one of the best stories on the PGA Tour last season. The 47-year-old wins as a 200-1 against long shots with son Raegan on the bag to end a winless drought of more than 11 years read as a Hollywood script.
Unfortunately, there will not be a successor this year.
Cink is not playing in this week’s Fortinet Championship, and that has nothing to do with the title sponsor change. In fact, there’s a good chance he does not know what Fortinet is doing. But the eight-time PGA Tour winner has a very, very very good reason not to defend his title.
Connor Cink, Stewart’s second son, is getting married this weekend. And if you’re wondering why Connor would choose such an important week for such an important life event in itself, it’s because he did not make that choice.
As Stewart explained in a tweet earlier this week, the PGA Tour, which added a week-long off-season to the schedule, caused the conflict with this time in life. Well, hopefully it’s once in a lifetime.
Oh good. A wedding will probably be more fun anyway.
And there is always next year to “defend” his title. Provided there are no other Cink family weddings on the schedule.