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June 30, 2008

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Stewart Cink

30-yard pitch to set up the winning three-foot birdie putt

296-yard par-4 15th hole at TPC River Highlands

Final round of the Travelers

With Tiger Woods out of action, Cink is my pick to become the leader of the U.S. Ryder Cup team. Second to Woods in the points standings, Cink employs a swing that's stronger than ever and he grew up in the South, so he's at home on the gnarly bluegrass rough at Valhalla. Also, Cink, who has a solid 11-9-5 record in Ryder and Presidents Cups, is teeming with confidence, especially in his short game, as he showed with flawless lag putts and pitches on Sunday.

Make a Point of Hitting Solid Chips

On running shots around the green, hit down with a delayed right-wrist release. To get the feel of the shot, hold the club in your right hand, with your index finger pointing down the grip and your other hand behind your back. When you hit, take a small divot and finish with your index finger pointing back at the divot. You should feel stress in the right forearm and wrist.

John Elliott teaches at St. Andrews Golf & Country Club in West Chicago, Ill.