Cink replaces Harrington at Nedbank

BY iseekgolf.com | Southern Africa Tour | 2007 Nedbank Golf Challenge | General | 27 Nov 2007

American Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup team member and world number 23 Stewart Cink has accepted an invitation to play in the Nedbank Golf Challenge at Sun City from 29 November to 2 December, following the withdrawal of Open champion Padraig Harrington from the field.

Harrington’s wife Caroline is expecting the birth of their second child imminently and, from the time the field was originally announced, he had indicated that he would be left with no option but to withdraw if the baby had not arrived at least a week before the tournament started.

The 34-year-old Cink, who will make his second appearance at Sun City after his debut in 2005, had a steady season in 2007, compiling six top tens on the PGA Tour, including a tie for third at the Players Championship and a tie for sixth in the Open Championship at Carnoustie, where he finished strongly on the weekend with rounds of 68 and 70.

He made it through to the final FedEx Cup playoff event €“ the Tour Championship €“ on his home course at East Lake in Atlanta, where he finished tied 11th, placing him 25th on the final money list. Known as one of the best putters on tour, Cink has $21 076 693 in career earnings on the PGA Tour, placing him 11th on the all-time money list.

Harrington’s withdrawal follows those of defending champion Jim Furyk due to injury, and two-time past winner Sergio Garcia, who cited personal reasons. Tournament Director Alastair Roper said: “Just like Furyk and Garcia, Padraig Harrington has been a loyal supporter of this event and we wish him well for this exciting time for him and his family.”

“I have no doubt that Padraig will be back at Sun City next year; he has come close to winning in the past, he enjoys the whole atmosphere here and would love to add a Nedbank title to his impressive record.”

“We are delighted that Stewart Cink accepted our invitation at such short notice. With Jim Furyk’s withdrawal, we did not have an American player in the field, and are pleased that Stewart’s presence will restore that interest in the event from American golf fans.”

 

Position Score Player Country R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
1 -16 Trevor Immelman South Africa 67 66 67 72 272
2   ↓T1 -15 Justin Rose England 68 65 67 73 273
3 -11 Ernie Els South Africa 69 67 69 72 277
4 -7 Henrik Stenson Sweden 72 65 72 72 281
5   ↑7 -6 Rory Sabbatini South Africa 76 68 67 71 282
T6   ↑8 -5 Geoff Ogilvy Australia 69 73 70 71 283
T6   ↓T5 -5 Luke Donald England 68 71 71 73 283
8   ↓T5 -2 Adam Scott Australia 67 71 72 76 286
9 Ev Niclas Fasth Sweden 74 72 70 72 288
10   ↓T9 +2 Charl Schwartzel South Africa 74 74 68 74 290
Position Score Player Country R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
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