The Claret sip

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

AKRON, Ohio – Now a word about the comings and goings of the Claret Jug. There’s been more lip on that than when Mick Jagger is at the microphone.

The day Stewart Cink arrived home in Atlanta with the British Open trophy, he and several friends went to a crowded steakhouse. Let’s just say the jug drew a crowd. “It was almost mayhem,” Cink said Wednesday at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational.

The Open champion estimates probably 75 people drank out of the jug that night and photographed with it. “I don’t think there was a person in the bar who missed out,” Cink said. “The response was so overwhelming that I felt a need to protect it.”

So far many different liquids have been consumed out of the ornament, which holds about 2 1/2 pints: Guiness, cola, Harp, wine.

“It’s been busy,” Cink said. readers: We value your input and welcome your comments, but please be respectful in this forum.