Stewart Cink eyes his drive off the follows his drive off the ninth tee during the third round of the RBC Heritage golf tournament in Hilton Head Island, S.C., Saturday, April 17, 2021. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)
- Stewart Cink leads by five strokes over Collin Morikawa heading into the final round of the 2021 RBC Heritage
- Only five players are within seven shots of Cink’s lead
- See the updated odds at Harbour Town Golf Links below for Sunday’s final round within the story below
47-year-old Stewart Cink has had a career resurgence in the 2020-21 season, having already won the Safeway Open earlier in the campaign. Now, he’s five shots clear of the field at this week’s RBC Heritage, which is the largest 54-hole lead on the PGA Tour this season. His three round total of 18-under par also sets a tournament record.
Coming into the event, Cink was not one of the top favorites to win outright, as he had super long +15000 odds to claim the title. After a pair of 8-under, 63’s heading into the weekend, Cink’s third day wasn’t as dynamic but still sets himself up with a chance to win his third career RBC Heritage (2000, 2004).
For those trailing, here’s food for thought – the largest 54-hole comeback in this championship occurred in 2004, when Cink overcame a nine-shot deficit to win in a playoff. Read on to see the updated odds and the best bets heading into Sunday’s final round, where a champion will be crowned and the customary plaid jacket will be awarded.
Updated 2021 RBC Heritage Odds
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Odds as of April 17th at 7pm EST
Cink Has Strangehold on Tournament
Before winning the Safeway Open towards the end of 2020, Stewart Cink hadn’t won on the PGA Tour since stealing the Claret Jug from Tom Watson at the 2009 Open Championship. Having that victory in Napa under his belt this season will be a huge boost heading into Sunday, since he won’t be battling for his first win in twelve years and questioning whether he could get over the finish line for the first time in over a decade.
The year 1997:
Stewart Cink holds his first 54-hole lead on the PGA Tour
Collin Morikawa is born
They’ll be in the final pairing together tomorrow.
— Justin Ray (@JustinRayGolf) April 17, 2021
Most importantly, he’s been striking the ball beautifully through 54 holes, as he’s hit all but ten greens, ranking T-2 for the week. He’s also fourth in putts per green in regulation. The only potential question mark heading into Sunday is his driving accuracy, as he’s only hit eleven of 28 fairways in the last two days.
Stewart Cink’s Strokes Gained Rankings For 2021 RBC Heritage
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As the odds and leaderboard suggest, Collin Morikawa should be the one player standing in his way of claiming the title. Morikawa birdied four of the last six holes Saturday to get in the final group. Had Cink not won the Safeway Open, it would be easier to see him struggling to win the RBC Heritage, but his lead seems very insurmountable.
In the last 15 years, 33 of 40 players who lead by four or more shots heading into the final round have gone on to win the title.
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Best Live Value Picks for the RBC Heritage
- Sungjae Im (+2700): Sungjae Im starts Sunday seven back, and he ranks 21st in final round scoring average for the campaign. First in strokes gained off the tee this week, and he’s no stranger to going low to win, claiming the 2020 Honda Classic with a final day 66. T-4 in birdies this week, making 15 plus an eagle.
- Webb Simpson (+3300): The defending champion has been ten-under the last two days, including a Saturday best round of 64. Loves this track with a win, playoff loss, and has been inside the top-16 in the last four iterations. After struggling on the greens the first two rounds, gained over three-and-a-half shots on the field in that category Saturday. 19th in final round scoring average. Shot a 64 in the final round to win last year’s RBC Heritage.
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