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March 29 2013

8:45 PM

Cink back in contention

By Melanie Hauser, PGATOUR.COM Correspondent

HUMBLE Texas – It’s been coming for a while now.

Stewart Cink has worked on his mechanics. He and caddie Matt Hall have worked on lines and concentration.

And Friday, it all came together as Cink jumped into contention with a second-round 66 that left him three shots behind leader Steve Wheatcroft going into the weekend at the Shell Houston Open.

“I’ve been threatening to put a round like this together for a while,’’ Cink said. “Today, early on, a lot of putts went in and it's amazing how much bigger the hole looks when a few go in early.  All day it just felt really, really nice and calm out there. I just need to keep doing the same things.’’

While some players grumbled about the wind, Cink said, “it blew just the right amount for a good test.’’

Cink, who is playing for just the third time in Houston, was in a similar position earlier this year at the Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation where he finished T10.

The former British Open champ ran off three consecutive birdies at the fourth, fifth and sixth to turn at 4 under (3-under for the day), then closed with three more birdies on the back.

“I'm excited to be in position to maybe, you know, make a charge or, you know, within shouting distance of the lead anyway, going into a weekend or into a last round, it would be -- that's why we play the game,’’ he said.

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