Former British Open champion leaves golf to help wife deal with cancer

Lisa and Stewart Cink. (@LisaCink)
Lisa and Stewart Cink. (@LisaCink)

It's pretty easy to forget that athletes are actually real humans who live real lives and deal with real stuff just like the rest of us. Tuesday evening was a stark reminder of that. Stewart Cink, who won the 2009 British Open, revealed on Twitter that his wife Lisa has breast cancer.

"Last week my wife, Lisa, and I received some unfortunate news," wrote Cink. "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."

Tour pros quickly reached out in support of the popular Cink.

Stewart had made eight of 14 cuts so far this season and recently pulled out of the Wells Fargo Championship. We wish him and Lisa the best on the road to recovery. 

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Kyle Porter began his sports writing career with CBS Sports in 2012. He covers golf, writes poetry about Rory McIlroy's swing, stays ready on Tiger watch and loves the Masters more than anyone you know.... Full Bio

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