GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup will be missing five major champions as well as one former PLAYERS champion when The Barclays begins on Thursday.
Angel Cabrera, who has two majors on his resume, as well as former British Open champs Ben Curtis and Todd Hamilton and PGA winners Rich Beem and Shaun Micheel, won't be participating after missing the cut at the Wyndham Championship.
All came into the week ranked outside the top 125 in the FedExCup standings and didn’t earn any points as a result. Other notables on the sidelines are Henrik Stenson, who won the 2009 PLAYERS Championship; Rocco Mediate and Boo Weekley.
By Melanie Hauser, PGATOUR.COM
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- So close -- on two counts. Almost finished his third round. Almost hit dry land.
Just before the weather suspension hit, Angel Cabrera hit his second shot at the 18th into the water. He didn't get a chance to hit his fourth.
At the time, Cabrera was making a charge -- similar to the one he made at Augusta National last month. The former U.S. Open and Masters champ was 6 under for the day with seven birdies and one bogey.
Cabrera's drive at the 18th was in the right rough and he had a complicated 190-yard shot to the green. But instead of punching out, he went for it. "It was four yards too far left,'' swing coach Charlie Epps said. "He was playing good, so he went for it. He still has a shot to make a 5."
When play resumes, Cabrera will hit his fourth shot (including the penalty shot). He had moved up 48 spots on the leader board and into a tie for 12th with one hole to play.
Cabrera didn't touch a club for almost a week before heading to Ponte Vedra Beach. He had emergency surgery in Charlotte last week to repair a tear and an abcess in his intestinal tract. He spent two days in the hospital, then flew to Houston to recuperate. He flew to Jacksonville Tuesday night and played 18 holes Wednesday in preparation.
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – The first two players finishing the third round of THE PLAYERS Championship had widely varying levels of success.
Matt Jones polished off a round of 69 that included six birdies while his playing partner, Kevin Chappell, struggled to an 80. Chappell had made the field for his first PLAYERS Championship when Jeff Maggert withdrew and shot even par in his first two rounds.
There are several other early starters who are putting up low numbers.
Peter Hanson, who birdied his last two holes on Friday to make the cut on the number. is making the most of his opportunity on the weekend. He has yet to make a bogey and is 6 under through14 holes – for the day and the tournament.
Angel Cabrera also turned in 32 and has played his first 15 holes in 5 under to make another big jump up the leaderboard.
By Melanie Hauser, PGATOUR.com Correspondent
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – On Wednesday former Masters and U.S. Open champ Angel Cabrera played his first 18 holes since undergoing surgery last week to repair an abscess in his intestinal tract.
"He feels pretty good,'' swing coach Charlie Epps said. "We went to the doctor in Houston Saturday and they said it was healing well and he could go ahead and play golf.''
Cabrera went to the hospital in Charlotte last Monday, underwent a CAT scan and was sent home with medicine. During a return trip the following day doctors found a tear and abscess that needed surgical repair.
So Cabrera withdrew from the Wells Fargo Championship, had the surgery at the Carolinas Medical Center-Pineville and spent two days in the hospital. He flew home to Houston to rest, then came to Jacksonville on Tuesday,
Cabrera has struggled with a series of dental implants over the past two years. He was in severe pain at the Northern Trust Open, but it has since subsided. The last implant will be done in two stages -- the first scheduled for the week prior to the HP Byron Nelson Championship, the second the week prior to the U.S. Open.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera withdrew from the Wells Fargo Championship on Wednesday afternoon, citing an illness.
The Argentine was replaced in the field by PGA TOUR rookie Jim Renner. Luckily, Renner remained in Charlotte after playing a practice round on Tuesday instead of heading to Athens, Ga., for the Stadion Classic at UGA.
Well, one member of this week’s featured group of Adam Scott, Geoff Ogilvy and Angel Cabrera will be headed home early.
Cabrera just finished off a second-round 78, dropping him to 6 over for the tournament. The cut line is currently 2 over.
The Argentine isn’t the only notable player on the wrong side of the line. Rocco Mediate is 3 over through his first three holes today and now 4 over for the week.
Kevin Na is also done. He followed his now infamous 80 with a 77 on Friday. Had he parred or even bogeyed the ninth hole on Thursday, he’d be well inside the number.
Bo Van Pelt, who tied for eighth at the Masters with rounds of 68-70 on the weekend, is also flirting with not making it to the weekend. He’s right on the number at 2 over for the week and 1 under through five holes in his second round.