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Stewart Cink: Tour Needs Tiger Woods To 'Play Great Again'

The US Open Golf Tournament will be held beginning Thursday at Congressional Country Club and the entire world knows by now that Tiger Woods will not be playing. Veteran PGA Tour member Stewart Cink recently joined Sporting News Radio with Two Live Stews to discuss Woods, the Open and much more.

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Here is what Cink had to say about Woods, whose future is in doubt because of the condition of his damaged left knee.

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One thing I do know is it must be pretty bad or he would’ve attempted to play. Just to know that he’s not playing at all, that tells you something. Will it last a long time? There’s no way for any of us to know that unless you’ve checked his knee out or whatever’s hurting. … I know we’re going to miss him when he’s gone because Tiger Woods drives the bus in terms of the popularity of golf. It doesn’t matter what he’s ranked, he’s going to be driving the bus until he retires. We need him to come back out there and be healthy and play great again."

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Cink also offered a little advice to weekend duffers, like me.

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"You’ve got to practice that short game — getting out of the bunkers and chipping up on the green. If you can learn, instead of making doubles from around the green, just making bogeys, where you can get on the green in one and then two-putt at the worst, that’s going to shave strokes off like you wouldn’t believe."

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Ah, Stewart. If only it was that easy.

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-- Full transcript

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