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May 11 2011

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Cabrera back after surgery

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Angel Cabrera has missed the cut in two of his last three starts at TPC Sawgrass.

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.

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