The spiritual side of Stewart Cink keeps him from believing in golf gods. His last trip to Muirfield was enough to at least make him wonder.
Eleven years ago, there appeared to be no stopping Tiger Woods. He won the Masters and the U.S. Open, the first man in 30 years to capture the first two legs of the Grand Slam. And after two rounds at Muirfield, he was only two shots out of the lead going into the third round of the British Open.
''If the wind ever blows,'' Woods said on Friday after his bogey-free 68, ''it's going to be interesting.''
Saturday appeared to be another bonnie day along the Firth of Forth, with only a mild breeze for most of the morning.
And then it got interesting.
Cink recalls being on the third tee, just as the outer loop of the front nine turns clockwise. On the eastern horizon, he could see a black wall of clouds. He remembered saying to himself, ''Oh my gosh, it's coming toward us.''
''And it just clobbered us. It was intimidating.''
Woods caught the ...