Cabrera Lights up Wentworth


Long-hitting Angel Cabrera continues to impress.
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