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August 4 2011

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Can Cink turn season around this week?

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Stewart Cink has just one top-10 this year, but he's in good shape after a 66 Thursday.

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

Only twice in his career has Stewart Cink finished a season without at least one finish in the top 3 somewhere on the schedule -- last year and in 2002. He doesn’t have one this year either. In fact Cink has just one top-10 all year.

After an opening 66 Thursday, however, he’s in a position to change that at a course he’s had plenty of success at over the years. In 11 previous trips to Firestone, Cink has four top-10s, which includes his win in 2004.

“You're always searching for ways to pick the course apart and take advantage of it, and sometimes it doesn't work out,” Cink said. “Today it is working out and there's going to be a low score out there.”

Unfortunately for Cink, though, there haven’t been a lot of low scores this season. The 66 Thursday represents his second-lowest round of the year and with the PGA Championship a week away, Cink is hoping that a win, or even a good week, can help turnaround what’s been an otherwise disappointing season.

“I just like the opportunity to try to get in contention again and maybe win another [major],” Cink said. “At the PGA I don't really feel the pressure that, oh, it's the last chance of the year, but I do realize that after it you have to wait a lot longer than most.”

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