British Open win may not mean bright future
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Before we jump to conclusions and suggest Stewart Cink will parlay his British Open victory into bigger and better performances, consider that it doesn’t always work that way in golf.
Just when you think a player might springboard to further greatness after winning a big tournament, his game can spring a leak. There are many examples. Ian Baker-Finch. David Duval. Craig Perks. Trevor Immelman.
I used to buy into springboards but don’t anymore because I’ve seen too many declines and plateaus that follow a big trophy.
Which brings us back to Immelman, the 2008 Masters champion with the brilliant swing and nice personality. He has had something of a lost season so far, not finishing better than 19th this year in 11 PGA Tour starts.
He’s a bit of a news story this week at the RBC Canadian Open because this is his first start since the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. He has been recovering from a wrist injury.