What’s worse than three-putting? Four-putting

Sunday, January 10, 2010

KAPALUA, Hawaii – Three-putts are one of the biggest bugaboo’s in golf. No one likes to three-putt.

So then what about four-putts, especially if you’re in contention?

Enter: British Open champion Stewart Cink, the latest PGA Tour four-putter.

Scene of the crime: Kapalua’s eighth green during Sunday’s final round of the SBS Championship.

Cink was 15 under before the four-putt for double bogey, which in the end cost him a chance to win the first event of the season.

“It’s devastating to the scorecard for sure,” Cink said of his four-putt. “It was a textbook four-putt and it stinks.”

As with most four-putts, Cink misread two of the four putts and then was left with 5 feet for bogey, but missed it.

Cink’s quad won’t be the last on the PGA Tour if history is a good barometer.

There were a total of 188 four-putts on the PGA Tour in 2009 with Aaron Watkins and Kirk Triplett leading the way with five four-putts each during the year.

Of course, if you think four-putting is a rally killer, then consider this: There were nine five-putts and one six-putt last year on Tour.

“This course lends itself to four-putting because it has huge greens and lots of really weird grain and slope.” Cink said. “I can’t wait to get to Waialae (for the Sony Open next week) and flatter greens.” 

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