DUBLIN, Ohio -- Stewart Cink is one of the most glib, insightful and honest players on the PGA Tour, if not all of professional golf.
So when he gives you an introductory teaser like, "I shouldn't say this, but ...," you owe it to yourself to listen.
The Ryder Cup veteran has seven top-12 finishes at the Memorial Tournament, including consecutive eighth-place finishes. The British Open winner said there are good tournaments and there are <i>good</i> tournaments, and this event falls clearly in the latter basket.
That's why he would love to win it someday. After shooting 4-under 68 Thursday to claim a nine-way piece of fifth place, there's no time like the present.
"They don't like for us to say it, but there are tiers that exist in tournaments, and the Memorial is right up there as far as one of the non‑majors as one of the highest and well‑respected events," Cink said. "With the field and the course and [host Jack] Nicklaus, his presence, it would mean everything.
"There's a lot of good winners of this tournament."
Six of the top 10 players in the world ranking are in the field and 15 of the top 25 overall.