The Open Championship officially gets underway tomorrow, and yesterday defending champion Stewart Cink returned the Claret Jug in person to the R&A clubhouse. In his press conference this morning Stewart discussed a few of the uses of the Claret Jug, which included “Guinness, wine, BBQ baste and Coke for the kids.” It’s been an interesting year for Stewart and for the Claret Jug, and I figured I’d cover some of the highlights.
First of all, only minutes after his acceptance speech at Turnberry Stewart tweeted out this photo from the locker room:
Then in the days immediately following his victory we got a glimpse at some of the first celebrations with the jug:
Stewart was then invited to do David Letterman’s Top Ten List:
Stewart also tweeted out some behind the scenes photos from his time at the Letterman show:
After the celebrations subsided (or did they — can you ever stop celebrating winning the Claret Jug?), it was back to golf. In the months that followed Stewart had understandably mixed results, as I’m sure appearance requests came from every direction. Stewart returned to the Tour at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational where he posted a T6 finish, and that would turn out to be his best finish for the rest of the year in official events. He began his 2010 season with a top 10 at the season-opening SBS Championship, and after middle of the pack finishes at the Sony and Northern Trust, he posted a T5 at the Accenture Match Play Championship, an event where he’s had success in the past. Since then it’s been a mixed bag in the months and weeks leading up to his Open Championship title defense this week at St. Andrews.
Then about a week ago Stewart tweeted out a few more photos showing the Claret Jug on its way back to the Open Championship (the last photo is of it being cleaned and dried one final time, that’s why it’s upside down):
We’ll have to see if Stewart can defend his title of Champion Golfer of the Year — I personally hope so, because then maybe we’ll get even more great photos of the Claret Jug in action.
Here are a few other articles about Stewart’s year with the Claret Jug: