He didn’t even look like a good bet to make the cut.
Cabrera, 44, is coming off a missed cut at the Masters, an event he won in 2009. In fact, he has missed the cut in seven of his nine starts this year.
So, after posting a 3-under 69 Friday to take a share of the second-round lead with Martin Flores (68), Cabrera was asked if he was surprised by his position.
“No, I'm really not,” Cabrera said through a translator. “I've been working really hard, and working hard to have weeks like this, and I'm going to keep working, and more weeks like this will come.”
It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that Cabrera can come out of nowhere to win big events. He has two PGA Tour titles, and they’re both majors, the 2007 U.S. Open and that ‘09 Masters. He was coming off a missed cut when he won the U.S. Open. He was coming off two cuts when he won the Masters.
Cabrera also nearly won the 2013 Masters, but he lost in a thrilling playoff to Adam Scott.
“It's not an easy thing to do, win two majors,” Cabrera said. “The first one was a bit of a shock. The second one, I definitely wasn't surprised by. But like I said earlier, I continue to work, and that's where these results come from.”