Stunning start for Cink

Stewart Cink set the early pace in the Bank of America Colonial tournament in Texas today.

Stewart Cink set the early pace in the Bank of America Colonial tournament in Texas today.

Cink, a member of the last two teams against Europe, was trying not to panic about the fact he is down in 28th place in America’s Ryder Cup race.

He has had nothing better than a 10th place all season – and only top-10 finishes earn points under the United States qualifying system.

But the Atlanta-based player, hoping to celebrate his 33rd birthday in real style on Sunday, birdied the first three holes at Fort Worth, turned in a five-under-par 30 and then picked up another shot on the 448-yard 14th.

At six-under, Cink led by two from Australian Nick O’Hern and Canadian Mike Weir, the two left-handers both returning rounds of 66.

With three to play, Swede Mathias Gronberg, fourth in last month’s Houston Open, was in the group on three-under while favourite Jim Furyk and Britain’s Justin Rose were among the later starters.

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