After opening his round with three bogeys on his first five holes, Cink played Nos. 15-18 in 5 under. At the sixth hole he caught a glimpse at one of the towering scoreboards that projected his FedEx Cup points finish at 28th. That didn’t help.
He needed to hole 6-footers at Nos. 6, 7 and 8 for par and eased in a 19-footer for birdie at the ninth, his last hole of the day, to likely secure his tee time at East Lake.
“It was actually less pressure than the putt at Turnberry (on the 72nd hole to force a playoff at the British Open),” said Cink, who carded a closing 68. “(At Turnberry) I had nothing to lose and everything to gain. Here I had everything to lose and nothing to gain.”
It also didn’t help that Cink over did it on the practice range on Saturday and struggled with a sore back during the final round. What was the problem? “Stress fracture,” Cink’s caddie, Frank Williams, smiled.