"This week, for some reason, I just believed that I had something good," Cink said. "I felt like I was just totally at peace."
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Watson left several putts shorting during regulation play, including this one for par on the ninth.
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Watson thanked this fan for helping his lie, after the ball bounced off of her on the 12th.
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Watson was able to pick up birdies on seven and 11 to stay in contention.
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Finishing before Watson, Cink came into the 18th hole needing birdie to give himself any chance at a playoff, should Watson stumble. He got his birdie, sinking a clutch putt and moving to two under par for the tournament.
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Among the other final-round contenders, Ross Fisher watched his Open hopes disappear when a shot out of the rough only moved a few feet forward. He carded an eight on the par-4 fifth.
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With an eagle on the par-5 seventh, it looked like the tournament was going to belong to Lee Westwood. He missed a birdie putt for the win on 18, and went on to three-putt to miss the playoff.
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Jim Furyk also fell off the map, making seven bogeys on Sunday.
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Three-straight bogeys on the back sealed Mathew Goggin's fate. He finished even par for the tournament.
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The fairy tale started to crumble when Watson missed a par putt on the 18th hole during regulation that would have given him the outright win.
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"It would have been a hell of a story," Watson said.
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This is Cink's first win of the season and first major win ever.
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On the first playoff hole, both players found the bunkers near the green. Cink made par and Watson bogey.
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The par-3 sixth hole, the second playoff hole, didn't look much better for Watson. He hit the crowd instead of the green. He managed a par.
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Watson found the deep rough again on the the third playoff hole, the par-5 17th, and his second shot only went a few yards.
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Watson continued to hit from rough to rough on 18, handing the tournament to Cink.
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Cink acknowledged the crowd on 18 after landing his second shot firmly on the green, knowing the claret jug was his.
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Missing this par putt on the final hole, Watson settled for bogey and stepped aside for Cink to finish.
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"It's been a surreal experience for me," Cink said after making his birdie putt to win the tournament. "Not only playing one of my favorite courses and a wonderful tournament, but playing against Tom Watson. This stuff doesn't happen. I grew up watching him on TV, hoping to follow in his footsteps, not playing against him."
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John Daly was never really in contention on Sunday, but he carded an eagle on the par-5 17th to finish the tournament four over par.
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