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Stewart Cink is on the fast track to putting a nightmarish finish to the 101st U.S. Open behind him.
 
Cink, just days removed from a double bogey on the 72nd hole of the National Championship, birdied four of his final five holes to card a 6-under-par 65 and take the lead in the Buick Classic as the first round finally drew to a close.
 
The first round was suspended Thursday due to inclement weather. Of the 156 players in the field, only 37 finished thier rounds Thursday and 57 never hit a shot.
 
When play resumed Friday at 7:00 a.m., Tiger Woods faced a mere tap-in putt for par at the 1st. Unfortunately for the worlds No.1 ranked player, that was as good as it would get.
 
Woods posted his worst round of the year, a 4-over-par 75, and is in danger of missing his first cut since the 1998 Buick Open.
 
Woods ran into trouble at the par-4 4th hole, when he drove into the woods and had to punch out to the fairway. His approach shot was long and right of the green. He then chipped to six feet, but three-putted for a triple-bogey 7.
 
It was Tigers first triple since the 8th hole in the first round of this years Bay Hill Invitational, which he eventually won.
 
Woods had all pars on the back nine except for No. 15, when he again had to waste a shot by punching back into the fairway. His 15-foot par putt hung on the lip.
 
Tiger concluded his round by missing a five-foot birdie putt at the 17th and failing to get up and down for birdie at the par-5 finishing hole.
 
Cink will carry a two-shot lead into the second round at Westchester Country Club in Harrison, N.Y. Scott Hoch, who led when play was officially called on Thursday, opened in 4-under-par 67, as did Vijay Singh.
 
Sergio Garcia heads a group of five players tied for fourth at 3-under.
 
Full-field scores from the Buick Classic