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.
We’ve already mentioned Adam Scott’s 68, but he wasn’t the only one to play well in his group. Geoff Ogilvy trails Scott by only a shot, while Angel Cabrera shot a 71.
Combined, they were 8 under and made 15 total birdies -- five apiece -- and all of them are in the top 25 on the leaderboard.
“I think anything under par around here is good,” Ogilvy said. “If you can be under par four rounds in a row, you won't be far away.”
Last week, Angel Cabrera, Geoff Ogilvy and Adam Scott all finished in the top 10 at Augusta National. Now they’re trying to carry that momentum through San Antonio, where the three are all playing in the same group.
So far, it’s been a somewhat slow start for the trio with only Cabrera under par through the first five holes. Given how well he drove it last week, that shouldn’t be a shock. Cabrera has four pars and one birdie today -- the lone birdie coming on the par-3 third, where he hit it to just 4 1/2 feet.
Ogilvy, meanwhile, bogeyed the first hole but bounced back with a birdie on the par-4 fifth, where he rolled in a 13-footer. Scott, on the other hand, has had nothing but pars so far. Scott also continues to roll it well with that belly putter of his, having taken just eight putts so far.
Masters hangover? Not for Jhonattan Vegas. The rookie missed the cut in his first trip to Augusta National -- he’s actually missed his last three cuts -- but that doesn’t seem to be affecting him so far at TPC San Antonio, where he’s 2 under through his first 12 holes and near the top of the leaderboard.
In all, there are five players in this week’s field who finished in the top 10 at the Masters -- defending champion Adam Scott, Geoff Ogilvy, Angel Cabrera, Bo Van Pelt and Ryan Palmer.
Scott, Ogilvy and Cabrera will play together through the first two rounds later this afternoon.
Speaking of Cabrera, he led the Masters in total driving. If he has another week like that at TPC San Antonio he should be in contention given the narrow fairways there.
AUGUSTA, Ga. – A Masters that once had the makings of a runaway now has the look of a potential playoff.
Granted, the final group still has nine holes to play – the same ones where the Masters begins each Sunday. But there are six players now within two shots of the lead held by Rory McIlroy at 11 under.
If there is a playoff, it would start at No. 18 and continue, if need be, at No. 10. And it would be the 15th playoff in Masters history and the first since Angel Cabrera beat Kenny Perry and Chad Campbell in 2009.
Oh, by the way, Cabrera is paired with McIlroy and he trails by one. The Argentine is tied with Charl Schwartzel and K.J. Choi at 10 under. Tiger Woods, Luke Donald and Adam Scott at 9 under while Jason Day is another shot behind.
There have never been more than three players involved in a playoff at Augusta National. The first Masters playoff was a 36-hole affair while the next five went 18 holes before the format was switched to sudden death in 1976.