Archive for Saturday, February 14, 2004

Cink soars to Buick lead

Singh’s streak comes to abrupt halt

February 14, 2004


— With most of the focus on whether the biggest names would make the cut, Stewart Cink kept making birdies and wound up with a 9-under 63 to take a two-shot lead Friday in the Buick Invitational.

Cink now faces two rounds on the South course at Torrey Pines, which already reminds him of a major championship, with plenty of players -- including defending champion Tiger Woods -- very much in the mix.

Vijay Singh isn't among them.

He headed for the airport, not the practice range, after missing three straight birdie putts from 15 feet to shoot 73 and miss the cut by one shot, an abrupt end to his streak of 12 consecutive top 10s.

"I'll probably start a streak next week," Singh said.

Phil Mickelson nearly joined him, although he only lives about 20 miles away. Mickelson, a three-time winner at the Buick Invitational, had to birdie the last two holes for a 69 to make the cut on the number at 1 under par.

Woods, who started with a spectacular 3-iron out of the trees that landed 2 feet from the cup, suddenly found himself around the cut line, too, after making three bogeys during a sloppy four-hole stretch on the easy North course.

He finished with five birdies on his final 11 holes for a 68, and was six shots behind Cink.

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