June 16 2011
By Melanie Hauser, PGATOUR.COM
BETHESDA, Md. -- Stewart Cink took one last swing at the 10th hole yesterday before he walked off the course.
Normally, he wouldn't. It would be nine holes and out. Back to the hotel. But he wanted one last look at the dastardly 220-yard par 3 over water.
Thursday, he was glad he did.
Cink opened with a birdie at the 10th Thursday -- a full, smooth 5-iron to 3 feet. Not bad. Not bad at all.
"They gave us a little break by moving the tee up,'' said the 2009 British Open champion. "And it was raining when we got to the tee, we had to do a lot of the mathematical calculations. I was over there early to see the group in front of me hit. I saw one ball. Heath Slocum hit a nice shot and it came up in the water. I added a few yards to what I was playing. And hit it in close.''
Seventeen holes later, Cink was in the clubhouse at 1-under-par 70, two shots off the early lead.
"I like being under par,'' Cink said. "I didn't play particularly well today. I scored well. I didn't hit very many greens, but when I did hit the greens, I made putts. It wasn't a U.S. Open style round at all, but I'll take under par."
The early groups, as always, got more receptive greens. What Cink wants to fix is . . . his play.
"I think I've actually got a really good attitude, I think I can do better than I did today,'' he said. "I hit some poor shots that I'm not very happy about. The attitude will be ‑‑ the rest of the day trying to figure out something to go with tomorrow that is a little bit more reliable, and hit a few more targets and come at it tomorrow with a positive attitude. "