Former British Open champion Stewart Cink says he is taking a break from golf after learning his wife has breast cancer.

Cink posted the news Tuesday on Twitter, saying the family is still in the process of figuring out "what she is fighting, and the uncertainty is difficult."

He prefaced the short statement on Twitter by saying that his wife, Lisa, has been his biggest supporter since he was 15 and "it's now time for me to return the favor."

The statement says: "In order to assist Lisa in meeting the challenge, I will be stepping away from competitive golf until the circumstances improve for her. Hopefully that day will come quickly."

Cink's biggest victory was the 2009 British Open when he beat Tom Watson in a playoff at Turnberry.