Cink looks perfectly at home at Muirfield
Former Open champion can build on fine Memorial record
Sky Sports 4 7.30pm Friday
Stewart Cink ripped up the book of golfing fairytales when he beat Tom Watson in a playoff to capture the 2009 Open, and the 44-year-old from Alabama looks a decent bet to win his threeball at the Memorial on Friday (6.37pm BST).
Cink has missed the cut in four tournaments this season but has shown great consistency on his other outings, finishing in the top 30 in 11 of the other 13 events.
There is scope for him to improve on his opening even-par effort as Muirfield Village as he finished with a double bogey.
Those looking to back him to get the better of Ben Martin and Billy Horschel may be sceptical as just one of his last 14 second rounds have been in the 70s.
But he putted well on Thursday and could be benefiting from a more relaxed attitude towards his game as his wife Lisa's battle against breast cancer has put things into perspective.
Cink also has fine Memorial form in the book. He has made the cut in 19 of his 20 visits and claimed six top-ten finishes at the Ohio track.
Martin finished one under but he has never finished better than 38th in three efforts in the tournament, while Horschel, who carded a six-over-par 78 that included a quadruple bogey at the sixth, may not be able to recover.
At 5.54pm, Australian Marc Leishman can build on a solid round against American pair Patrick Reed and Ryan Moore.
Leishman, who won the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March, was accurate and found 13 of 18 greens in regulation during his first round on his way to a two-under-par 70 and he should be spurred by finishing fifth and 11th in the last two Memorials.
Reed has had a disappointing season despite four successive top-25 finishes heading into this tournament and he has plenty of catching up to do after dropping six shots in four holes before the turn.
Moore was also four over par and has plenty to do to recover from a day to forget.
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