"I'm playing against Tom Watson, he's 59, he won his first major, I think, right around the time when I was born"
Steve Elling on Stewart Cink's conference call comments Wednesday after his Letterman appearance:
Cink would have had to be an idiot not to realize that his caddie was the lone man on the course pulling for him to beat the eight-time major winner and Hall of Famer. Rest assured, Cink is no moron.
"I knew that the people were really pulling for Tom to win, because that was the story that everyone wanted to be written," Cink said Wednesday in his first lengthy interview since winning. "It was, honestly, as a sports fan, it was a tremendous story.
"Maybe the biggest sports story in the last couple of generations and I was the one standing in the way of it. I had to really put that aside, though."
The magnitude of what he faced finally struck him when regulation ended.
"That really never got to be difficult until the playoff," he said. "That's when the bizarre stuff really started to hit me a little bit. Like, what, Tom Watson? You kidding me?
"I'm playing against Tom Watson, he's 59, he won his first major, I think, right around the time when I was born, and he's been winning tournaments ever since. You know, it was very strange."