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PGA Tour Article
MCI Heritage, Harbour Town Golf Links, Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Cink wins MCI Heritage in 5-hole Playoff


Winner, Stewart Cink. Photo - Getty images

In the PGA Tour's second largest come-from-behind victory, Stewart Cink made up nine strokes on overnight leader Ted Purdy and then triumphed in a sudden death playoff for the MCI Heritage title. This was Cink's third win in his seven year PGA Tour career, the last being at the same event in 2000, then known as the MCI Classic, when he also came from behind on the final day. Tied for 22nd place when play began, Cink teed off almost two hours before Purdy who is still seeking his debut Tour win.
Ted Purdy was 2 shots clear of the field after 54 holes and with two birdies and two bogeys on the front nine held his advantage until he dropped a shot on 10, then another on 15 to drop back to a share of the lead with Cink who was in the clubhouse watching the round progress on TV with his family. On the sixteenth green Purdy punched the air in premature celebration as his long birdie putt approached the hole but had settle down again as he watched it roll past the corner of the cup.


Ted Purdy. Photo - Getty Images

He made a decent putt on 17 to save par but failed to sink a shorter one on 18 which would have given him victory. Then it was back to the 18th tee for sudden death, neither player having previously won a playoff on Tour, this being Purdy's first and Cink's record being 0-1. They both parred the first four playoff holes then on the 16th hole second time around Cink landed his ball within 6 feet of the flag from the waste bunker while Purdy put his off the back of the green. Purdy's chip sailed way past the hole but he gamely sank his putt for par putting the pressure back on Cink. Having missed a couple of similar chances earlier in the playoff, Cink held it together and holed out for victory.


Ernie Els. Photo - Getty Images

Last week's 2004 Masters runner-up, Ernie Els was just out of it again. He carded a final round of 69 for a share of third place with Sweden's Carl Pettersson (67) and Irish-born Patrick Sheehan (70), 2 strokes behind the winner with a total of 276. That makes it three top-3 finishes for Els from 6 PGA Tour starts this year and moves him up to sixth on the 2004 money List with earnings of just under $2million.
Pettersson and Sheehan have much in common other than their share of third place here. While they were both born outside of the United States, they finished their education and played as amateurs on US soil and are both still looking for their first PGA Tour victory although they have each won in the past, Sheehan on the Nationwide Tour and Pettersson on the European Tour.


Carl Pettersson. Photo - Getty Images

Five-time winner of this event, Davis Love III, was unable to make much of an impression this week and finished down the field with a one under par total of 283, nine strokes off the pace.
 

 

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