Featured Group: Cabrera, Ogilvy and ScottApril 13, 2011
Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM Site Producer
At each PGA TOUR event this season, a featured pairing will be highlighted prior to the first round. Here is the featured group for Thursday and Friday at the Valero Texas Open.
Angel CABRERA, Geoff OGILVY and Adam SCOTT RD. 1 tee time (No. 1): 12:45 p.m. ET
RD. 2 tee time (No. 10): 8:00 a.m. ET
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SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- You can be sure this particular trio will have plenty to talk about during the first two rounds of the Valero Texas Open.
Each of the three was tied for the lead on the back nine at Augusta National on Sunday. Even though Charl Schwartzel left them in the dust with birdies on his final four holes the three have to come to TPC San Antonio with confidence.
Scott also happens to be defending his title at the Valero Texas Open. His win last year was particularly hard-fought as he rallied from a four-stroke deficit on a 36-hole Sunday to beat Fredrik Jacobson by one stroke.
The victory ended a two-year PGA TOUR victory drought for the Aussie, who now has seven wins in the States and another 10 overseas. Scott shot 11 under that day on a course designed by his boyhood hero, Greg Norman, who sent a congratulatory message after the win.
Imagine, though, what Norman might have said if Scott had been able to break the Aussie jinx at Augusta National last Sunday. With Norman's long-time caddie, Tony Navarro, on the bag, no less.
Scott, who shot a pair of 67s on the weekend, ended up finishing in a tie for second with fellow Aussie Jason Day, two strokes behind Schwartzel. Two more shots in arrears was another countryman in Ogilvy, who was tied for fourth with Tiger Woods and Luke Donald.
Ogilvy, a seven-time PGA TOUR champion, came from out of nowhere when he reeled off five straight birdies starting at the 12th hole to get to 10 under. But Schwartzel's finish was just too strong for the 2006 U.S. Open champion, who nonetheless posted his second top-10 of the season.
Cabrera, who started the final round tied for second and has his son on the bag, was another stroke behind at 9 under and all alone in seventh. The 2009 Masters champ made his charge with a 34 on the front nine but ended up closing with a 71.
For Cabrera, who took a four-month break due to a wrist injury and dental surgery, the tie for seventh was his second of the season. The Argentine has two PGA TOUR victories, each of which is a major championship.
Statistical comparison Key stats from Cabrera, Ogilvy and Scott from the 2011 season (TOUR rank in parentheses) Category
Driving distance 300.7 (6th) 286.5 (T89) 286.5 (T89) Driving accuracy 53.57 (171st) 64.35 (61st) 70.61 (11th) Greens in regulation 63.89 (T138) 64.25 (130th) 71.18 (T15) Putting average 1.729 (12th) 1.741 (24th) 1.795 (T114) Scoring average 70.92 (65th) 70.39 (24th) 71.51 (122nd)
Cabrera can only hope to be as successful in his Valero Texas Open debut as Scott was a year ago. Ogilvy is returning to San Antonio for the second time -- but his last appearance was a decade ago when the tournament was played at La Cantera Golf Club and he missed the cut.
EXPERT PREDICTIONS: We asked some of our PGATOUR.COM experts to predict which player will fare best this week at Augusta National:
PGA TOUR Season Summary Angel Cabrera Geoff Ogilvy Adam Scott 2011 Top-10s 2 2 3 Current FEC Rank 97th 40th 29th 2010 FEC Rank 61th 14th 19th 2009 FEC Rank 25th 13th 110th 2008 FEC Rank 65th 32nd 47th 2007 FEC Rank 47th 13th 12th Finish Last Week 7th T4 T2 Career at the Valero Texas Open Appearances 0 1 1 Wins 0 0 1 Top-10s 0 0 1 Best finish N/A MC 1 Last Appearance/Finish N/A 2001/MC 2010/Won Round 1 Scoring Avg. N/A 76.00 71.00 Round 2 Scoring Avg. N/A 66.00 70.00
Melanie Hauser: Adam Scott, by a putt or two over Ogilvy. All three are coming off great weeks last week but Scotty gets the nod because he got these greens the first time around. Should be a very entertaining group.
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