Takeaways from PGA Tour Champions 2024 Cologuard Classic

Takeaways from PGA Tour Champions 2024 Cologuard Classic


Cink was making his sixth start on the PGA Tour Champions and before the tournament started, shared recollections of playing La Paloma many years ago.

“It’s been a long time since I was in Tucson. I played in a lot of the [PGA Tour] match plays that were here up at Dove Mountain and I played a tournament at this course when I was about 16 or 17 years old. A long, long time ago, like another life it feels like,” he said Thursday. “But it’s always been a good town and, like I said, desert golf is just a fun way to play.”

And it was fun again. Until it wasn’t.

Cink opened his week with a bogey-free 9-under 62 on Friday. He followed that up with a 2-under 69 Saturday, then made birdie on three of his first five holes Sunday to take a four-shot lead.

But then he started back-pedaling, and after a bogey on No. 10 he was tied for the lead at 12 under with Durant. He would go 6 over on a 10-hole stretch, bottoming out with a triple-bogey 7 on the par-4 13th hole.

Cink said it was the bogey on seventh hole that started the slide.

“Go back to the seventh hole and I can pinpoint, one of the things I pride myself on is never hitting a shot when I’m not ready to go. If I feel any doubts or, you know, something’s not comfortable, then I’m disciplined,” he said a few minutes after signing his scorecard. “On the seventh hole I felt the wind change when I was over the ball and I had just hit it and I didn’t stop, even though I kind of had some doubt. I don’t know why I let that blind side me. I hit a poor shot, ended up making bogey there. It’s not the end of the world, but that kind of blindsided me and I just wasn’t myself the rest of the day. It was kind of a gut punch out there.”

After a bogey on No. 10, he birdied the par-5 11th and parred the 12th. Course corrected? It was not. Two holes later, with a wedge in his hand, he sailed one right, his ball going into a wash then ran down the length of the hole. After stabbing at the ball with his third, he was plugged up against the wall of the wash, had to take a drop before two-putting for a triple.

“That was obviously like a dagger, a big score. I compounded my error there,” he said. “I’ve got some new things going in my golf swing and it was just sort of like a one-two punch, the daggers and then like the difficulty trusting the new stuff and it just, you know, it’s part of golf and it sucks.”

Cink went from a four-shot lead with 13 to go to a 2-over 73 and a tie for seventh.


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