Cink inspired by wife's cancer battle

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Stewart Cink is taking inspiration from his wife's cancer battle, as he made a strong start to the RSM Classic.

The American's wife, Lisa, is battling stage-four breast cancer, leading to Cink taking a break from the PGA Tour earlier this year.

After firing an eight-under 62 on Thursday, to see him sit just a shot off the lead, Cink said Lisa's fight was motivating him.

"It's constantly hanging over us, just the nature of it," he told the Golf Channel.

"You don't know what the future brings with something like this. I am just really encouraged by the way she's been able to fight and handle it.

"It's just she's really like an inspiration for me."

Cink said Lisa had received some good news on Monday, moving onto a "maintenance" program in her fight.

The 43-year-old has also been given a new perspective, saying: "In the grand scheme of things, it's going to be a good day from sun up to sun down, the golf will be a little part of that."