No apologies necessary for first major win

BY foxsports • July 20, 2009

Sure, Stewart Cink crashed the party yesterday.

Sure, he marched in, eyed the prom king's date and stole his girl.

Sure, he altered a piece of history that golf fans everywhere craved to see unfold before their eyes.

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So what?

Cink owes nobody an apology for winning the 138th British Open.

It's not Cink's fault that 59-year-old sentimental favorite Tom Watson got in the way while he was trying to win his first major championship.

Cink, one of the most engaging, intelligent players on the PGA Tour, was not oblivious to his role in spoiling the historic event that was on the verge of taking place: Watson becoming the oldest player, by 11 years, to win a major.

"I don't feel ashamed," Cink said. "I don't feel disappointed. I'm pleased as punch that I've won this tournament. In the end, it's a tournament to see who lasts the longest. It's a survival test out there. I don't know what else to say."

He doesn't need to say anything more. Cink, who hit the ball like a champion all week and finally got some crucial putts to fall, deserved to hoist the Claret Jug after 72 holes and a four-hole playoff.

"He needed it," Cink's caddie of 11 years, Frank Williams, said while standing greenside during the awards ceremony. "He won't admit it, but I'm sure Southern Hills was still on his mind. He knew that he was good enough that he should win a major."