Stewart Cink gives his son/caddie a hole-in-one birthday present at the Masters

AUGUSTA, Ga. – What a birthday present!

Stewart Cink was 8-over and on course to miss the Masters cut when he went to the 16th tee, creating a lifelong memory for himself and his son and caddy Reagan, who celebrated his birthday by hitting the hole with an ace mastered.

Cink landed his 8 iron high to the right of the flag and watched as the ball swept left down the slope and into the cup.

Cink and Reagan partied wildly, and as they hugged, Cink shouted “Happy Birthday” into his son’s ear. What a gift.

“That’s the size of my birthday present,” Cink later joked. “I gave him the ball. That should be enough, right?”

“It was the same type of hole-in-ones that you’ll see on that hole over the years,” Cink said. “It was against the hill and it came right back down. The beauty of it was, as the ball got closer to the hole I knew it was going in because the guests on the left front were all looking at it online and they knew it was in and they all stood up. I knew it wasn’t missing. That was cool.

Stewart Cink
Stewart Cink

“This golf course and the tournament are wonderful surroundings anyway. So for something like that to happen was really something I’m sure I’ll always remember.”

Unfortunately, the hole-in-one wasn’t enough to help Cink make the cut and play the weekend.

“To be honest, if I could make the cut and go two more rounds, I’d throw the hole-in-one right in the water,” he said. “That stings more than the hole-in-one [helps]. It doesn’t lift my spirits any more than it hurts my mood if I miss the cut. I absolutely hate not playing here at the weekend and it hurts.”

Some of the biggest names didn’t make it, including Bryson DeChambeau, who finished 12-overs for two days, Brooks Koepka (6-overs), Xander Schauffele (7-overs) and Jordan Spieth (6-overs).

Cam Young, a Westchester County native who grew up with Sleepy Hollow Country Club, missed the cut in his first Masters and shot 10-overs over the two days. … Stewart Hagestad, who became the first mid-amateur champion to make a Masters cut in 2017, missed that cut while shooting 16-overs for two days.

Don’t forget Will Zlatoris, who finished second in his first Masters last year. Zlatoris is 1-under and his confidence is boosted by his performance a year ago.

Cameron Young
Cameron Young

“Of course I know I can do it,” he said. “It doesn’t look like I’m too far from it.” I don’t know if you’re asking me what the win will be, but if you have two days left of it, it won’t be in the double digits (under par).’

Sandy Lyle, the 64-year-old Scotsman who won the Masters in 1988, was playing in his 100th major championship of his career at Augusta this week. He revealed Friday after missing the cut for his eighth consecutive Masters that next year will be his 42nd and final Masters.

“I think that probably next year could be the end of the Lyle attack on the golf course,” Lyle said after finishing 82-76 and 14-over in the first two rounds. “I think my older son is coming out and a bunch of his buddies and I think my younger son is probably coming out. We’re going to be a complete family I think, so I think it’s going to be the end of the day.

Enjoying his 100th Major, Lyle said, “Something to tell the grandkids — 100 Majors.”

When asked if he remembered his first, he said: “He was playing at the Open Championship at Lytham when he was 16.”

Louis Oosthuizen, who was paired with Tiger Woods and Joaquin Niemann in the first round, retired with an injury before the second round. Stewart Cink gives his son/caddie a hole-in-one birthday present at the Masters


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