He decided to play because he took some time off in the summer that he doesn’t normally take and wants to get into a groove with his game in time for the playoffs. He said he felt rusty last week at the PGA Championship.
“Tournament golf is the only way to get ready for tournament golf,” he said. “It showed up for me big time last week on Thursday (he shot 75).”
Cink, who will be at East Lake on Monday promoting an event for a credit-card company that includes a short clinic and playing a few holes with card members, said he’s happy that he made the playoffs after missing them last year, but he still has bigger goals.
“I know that’s part of the game, but I have high standards,” he said. “I feel like I could have done more. Year’s not over, and there’s a lot of big tournaments coming up. That’s the way I’m positioning myself. I almost have nothing to lose.”
Other golfers with local ties who are scheduled to compete this week are Augusta’s Charles Howell III, who is No. 26 in the FedEx Cup standings; former Georgia standout Chris Kirk (No. 31); a pair of former Tech standouts in Roberto Castro (No. 38) and Cameron Tringale (No. 63); former Augusta State star Patrick Reed (No. 78); Acworth’s Jason Bohn (No. 98); ex-Yellow Jacket Bryce Molder (No. 101); and ex-Bulldog Erik Compton (No. 113).
Former Tech golfer Matt Kuchar, who ranks second with 2,293 points, 766 behind Tiger Woods, isn’t scheduled to compete. Neither are a trio of former UGA standouts, Harris English (No. 17), Russell Henley (No. 22) and Bubba Watson (No. 35).