Wife’s illness forces Cink to take break

Stewart Cink will take an indefinite break from golf after revealing his wife Lisa has recently been diagnosed with breast cancer.

The 42-year-old American, who has six PGA Tour wins and has played in five Ryder Cups, made the announcement via his Twitter account.

His statement read: "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. 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."

Cink wrote alongside the statement: "Since I was 15 years old, @lisacink has been my biggest supporter. It's now time for me to return the favor."