Cabrera Lights up Wentworth
In a year in which the 31-year-old has already taken his first victory on the European Tour at last months Open de Argentina, and contended for The Masters Tournament in America, he shot an opening round 9-under-par 63 to grab the first round lead of the Volvo PGA Championship.
The score ties Wayne Rileys course record from 10 years ago.
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It also gives Cabrera a two-shot lead over Phillip Price, who went around the Wentworth Club in 65.
Three strokes back at minus-six are Paul McGinley, Nick OHern and Andrew Oldcorn, while five others including Padraig Harrington are four off the pace.
Playing early in the morning, Cabrera did all his damage on the back-side at Wentworth. Two-under through his first nine holes, the lumbering Argentinian went out in 7-under over his final nine, including birdies at the 17th and 18th.
His play all year has been outstanding. In addition to the win in his home country and his respectable finish of 10th at The Masters, Cabrera has also recorded three other top-10s in Europe, most recently finishing in a tie for second at the Benson and Hedges International earlier this month.
It gives you a lot of confidence and makes you realize you can be fighting with the biggest, he stated of his form. But Im not trying to hit it longer than Tiger or anybody. Im just trying to improve my game and Im not interested in how far I hit it. Its natural.
It certainly appeared natural on Friday.
So too, it seemed the same for Price.
The sweet-swinging Welshman has likewise won this year in Europe, his triumph coming at the Algarve Open de Portugal, when he came from behind with a dramatic final round of 64 to finish at 15-under.
It was his second win on the tour, his first coming seven years ago, and it appears that his winning ways may be rather infectious.
I think the difference for me recently has been the win in Portugal, Price explained. It just bolstered my confidence, you know. You just relax a little bit more and flow a little better.
Overall I have improved from a few years ago, he went on to say. My whole game has improved an awful lot. My results have improved as has my ability to shoot lower rounds. So I know if I can play well now, then I can do a lot of damage.
Three-time defending champion Colin Montgomerie did not do so much damage at Wentworth on Friday. He struggled home with a triple-bogey at the par-5 17th to end with a 1-over 73.
Last years Order of Merit winner Lee Westwood fared no better, as the Englishman shot a matching 73, as did two-time winner on the European Tour this season Vijay Singh.
Thomas Bjorn had a better time of it, however, as the Dane shot a 4-under 68, to be just five back.
Full-field scores from the Volvo PGA Championship
Rose leads halted Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters when bad weather stopped play Friday during the second round.
The Englishman, who shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday, had completed 13 holes and was 5 under on the day at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat (64) was in second place.
Brandt Snedeker withdrew wit on the 11th hole at 2 under for the day after shooting an opening 72.
There was no reason given for his withdrawal, but the American has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.
Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump
Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.
Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.
None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.
Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.
An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.
In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.
Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.
Playing with the pros
Tiger, DJ and Faxon
President at the Presidents Cup
Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham
Cart on the green
Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open
Trump golf properties
Reportedly fake TIME covers
Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story
Pros comment on the president
Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017
GolfChannel.com is counting down the top 10 Newsmakers of the Year as voted on by Golf Channel’s writers, editors, reporters and producers. Check out the list below, including future release dates. And click here for the full collection of articles.
No. 1: Dec. 18
Spieth, Thomas headline winter break trip to Cabo
Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth. Really good at golf. Really good at vacationing.
With #SB2K18 still months away, Thomas and Spieth headlined a vacation to Cabo San Lucas, and this will shock you but it looks like they had a great time.
Spring break veteran Smylie Kaufman joined the party, as did Thomas' roommate, Tom Lovelady, who continued his shirtless trend.
The gang played all the hits, including shoeless golf in baketball jerseys and late nights with Casamigos tequila.
In conclusion, it's still good to be these guys.