Cink continues to struggle with swing

AUGUSTA — There was a group hug waiting for Stewart Cink after he finished the third round of the Masters Saturday. A 9 over par 81 left him at plus-11 for the tournament.

“It feels like the end of the world for me out there sometimes because it means so much to me and playing a bad round like that you want to bury your head in the sand,” said Cink, who was greeted by his wife Lisa, sons Connor and Reagan and the head professional from East Lake Golf Club Chad Parker. “But when you get back in and can see the kids and everything outside the ropes is healthy and well, that turned everything around.”

Cink, the Georgia Tech alum, fell to second to last on the leaderboard. He hit just 8 of 18 greens in regulation Saturday after hitting 30 of 36 in the first two rounds. He said he is still struggling with a swing change and it got away from him in the third round. He was first in the field in GIR in the first round and tied for sixth in the second. Putting has been an issue all week. After three rounds he was last in the field in putts per round, averaging 1.87 per hole.

“I’ve missed a couple of very makeable putts,” Cink said of his first two rounds where he was pleased with his ball-striking. “I did that today. I’ve done that every day. I’ve not putted the ball very well all week. The other days I hit the ball exceptionally well. Today I hit it all over the place and hit it in some bad places.”

Cink had six bogeys and two double-bogeys Saturday.

“I’m a little bit fragile out there emotionally because I haven’t figured this thing out yet,” Cink said.

- Chris Vivlamore

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