It’s such a joy when we see the name of Jesus being lifted high publically, just like on Sunday, when professional golfer Stewart Cink who won his second PGA Tour event of 2021 pointed to Christ.
Stewart Cink climbed into the FedEx Top 5 with this won and thanked Jesus Christ for it during a post-tournament press conference.
Cink won the RBC Heritage in Hilton Head, S.C., with a four-round total of 19-under par, four strokes ahead of second-place Harold Varner III.
It was the second tour win of the year for 47-year-old Cink and it has propelled him from No. 26 to No. 3 in the FedEx Cup standings.
He spoke about his faith and said that peace in life, and on the golf course, comes from God.
“The thing about me and my family with the peace and joy we experience, it’s not something that we wait for the circumstances to line up like the planets or some signs or tea leaves or something. We install our own peace and joy because of our faith in Jesus Christ, and that is the number one tenet of my life,” Cink said.
“And it enables me to feel peaceful and joyful even when the golf ball is not agreeing with my clubface and not going in the hole. I don’t seek peace and joy out of golf, because I know I can never depend on it to fully sustain that kind of peace and joy that I’m looking for, and it’s too low of a target.”
“We install our own peace and joy because of our faith in Jesus Christ.”
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Cink now has eight career PGA Tour victories. The two wins for 2021 match his previous best year (2004), when he also had two victories.
“The joy and peace I feel on the golf course – it’s something that stems from something far different than golf, and golf happens to benefit from it,” he said.
“But golf is not the end goal for me. I love playing and winning. And having a week like this is just amazing, but the peace and joy that we experience and – it’s available to everybody – is something that you don’t have to wait for the circumstances – the worm to turn, so to speak – it’s there and that’s what we choose to go for.”
Cink has gone through many hardships in his life especially in 2016 when his wife Lisa was diagnosed with breast cancer. She has been in remission for years, but soon thereafter Cink went through his own battle with cancer, having cancerous cells removed from his face. But in the midst of the storms, Cink clung on to his faith in Christ.
Cink has been actively involved in Bible study with other golfers on tour. “Golf can be really up and down, and 65s and 75 don’t feel the same,” he said. “Studying the Bible and being with these fellow believers helps me to feel like I can be the same every day and be grounded in something that’ll never change.”
Cink shares a great bond with his sons and has hired Reagan as his full-time caddie for the rest of the season after the father-son pair won the Safeway Open last September.
“It worked at Safeway, it worked here this week,” Cink said. “I look forward to the rest of the year with him caddying. I might just retire when he stops caddying. How can I top this?”
Later, Cink shared how valuable it has been for him to be involved in a Bible study with other golfers on tour.
“Golf can be really up and down, and 65s and 75 don’t feel the same,” he said. “Studying the Bible and being with these fellow believers helps me to feel like I can be the same every day and be grounded in something that’ll never change.”
Cink’s wife, Lisa, is thankful to God for their family and when asked about her two sons, Reagan and Connor, being able to watch their father win, she said, “It’s just an amazing blessing,” she said. “God has blessed us beyond words, and I’m just super grateful and I love them so much.”
Such a blessing to see this Christian family openly thank the Lord for all His blessings and mercies on their lives. We pray that Stewart Cink will see many more victories in golf in Jesus’s name.