Stewart Cink battles adversity to regain form

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NEWBURGH, Ind. (WEHT) – Stewart Cink understands what to takes to be a winner on a big stage.

He hoisted the Claret Jug at the 2009 British Open Championship. Now ten years later, he wants to finish on top again.

“To get a win means a lot. It means you have really handled yourself, and you have overcome a lot of obstacles and barriers and you press on through to the finish line and to me, that’s really what it means.”

The 46 year old continues to deal with his share of adversity. The biggest comes off the golf links. Doctors diagnosed his wife with breast cancer in 2016.

“Lisa has been a really good inspiration for me because I see how she fights and battles. It taught me how to fight and battle in my career, and as I get a little bit older, it doesn’t come as easy as it used to. My game is a critical part of my relationship with her and Jesus Christ. All of it together has provided me an enormous sense of perspective. Golf is important to me just like every other player in the field here but it takes a proper place in life.”

Just this year, the Alabama native suffered his first ever injury ever on the PGA tour that sidelined him for three months. His road to recovery was tough on his focus.

“It’s more now finding that intensity and focus, it was a little harder to find it than I thought it would be after taking three months off. I didn’t anticipate that.”

Opening rounds begin on Friday.

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(This story was originally published on August 28, 2019)

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