Cink making progress with new swing


LOS ANGELES – Stewart Cink is making progress in his attempt to re-invent himself.

With an even-par 71 Friday at the Northern Trust Open, Cink climbed into contention at Riviera, just four shots off the lead. It’s a nice bounce-back from his last start, where he opened with an 83 at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

“When you are transitioning into new stuff in your swing and you get off – in my case, I got off the entire week – I didn’t know how to rescue myself,” Cink said.

Cink jumped to No. 9 in the world rankings after winning the British Open in the summer of ’09, but the six-time PGA Tour winner has struggled to find his best form since. He has slipped to No. 142 in the world.

“I’ve pieced it together this week,” Cink said. “There’s some good stuff happening here and there.”

Cink is piecing together a new swing. He left long-time coach Butch Harmon at the end of the 2010 season to work with Pat O’Brien. He left O’Brien last summer to work with Chris O’Connell.

“I’m just making a bunch of changes and just trying to iron out some faults,” Cink said. “At 38, I figured I could either just keep doing the same stuff and probably continue to fall. Or I could go ahead and address my issues and try to solidify myself the rest of my career.”