Cink's scorching 64 takes focus off bald dome


SAN DIEGO – After posting his best opening round since May 2011, Stewart Cink was relieved to talk more about his rejuvenated game than his bald dome.

Struggling with his game seemingly ever since he hoisted that claret jug in 2009, Cink reemerged on the leaderboard Thursday with a bogey-free 8-under 64 on Torrey Pines’ North Course to take the first-round lead in the Farmers Insurance Open.

That took the focus, at least temporarily, away from his incredible tan line, which became easy social-media fodder during the Sony Open.

Farmers Insurance Open: Articles, videos and photos

“The cameras didn’t do me any favors that day,” he said. “For us bald guys, it’s an uphill battle every day.”

This round was a long time coming for Cink, who is winless since the day he dashed Tom Watson’s major dreams and hoisted the claret jug at Turnberry in 2009. From 2010-2013, the six-time winner recorded just seven top 10s on Tour.

The opening 64 was his best start to a tournament since the 2011 Colonial.

“I’m nowhere near back where I want to be – I don’t think any golfer would say that they are – but I’ve got a couple low rounds under my belt now and it feels pretty good,” Cink said. “I’m enjoying myself.”