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PGA golfer Stewart Cink stepping away from game to care for wife who is battling cancer

In this July 19, 2009 file photo, Stewart Cink held the trophy as runner-up Tom Watson offered congratulations after a playoff following the final round of the British Open.
In this July 19, 2009 file photo, Stewart Cink held the trophy as runner-up Tom Watson offered congratulations after a playoff following the final round of the British Open. ASSOCIATED PRESS

Cancer is terrible. We’re constantly reminded of the toll this horrible disease takes on people and their families.

On Tuesday, PGA golfer Stewart Cink announced that he is stepping away from the game to care for his wife, who was diagnosed with cancer.

Cink, who edged Tom Watson for the 2009 British Open championship, shared the news on Twitter:

“Last week my wife, Lisa, and I received some unfortunate news. Lisa has been diagnosed with breast cancer — a startling and unexpected revelation for everyone in our family.

“We are still in the process of figuring out exactly what she is fighting, and the uncertainty continues to be very difficult. However, we serve a great God, and our friends and family have been and will be by her side every step of the way.

“In order to assist Lisa in meeting this challenge, I will be stepping away from competitive golf until circumstances improve for her. Hopefully that day will come quickly.

“Please keep our family in your thoughts and prayers as we move forward.”

Cink and his wife received a lot of support from other golfers and others around the game, and some sent best wishes on Twitter:

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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