By Melanie Hauser, PGATOUR.COM
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. --
Angel Cabrera couldn't complain. An opening 70. A pretty good day.
Just his second 18 holes in a week. And so much better than eight
days ago when he was in a hospital recuperating from surgery.
Cabrera bounced back from surgery to repair a tear and take care of
an abscess in his intestinal track to find himself just six shots
-- and less than a dozen people -- shy of the early lead Thursday
at THE PLAYERS. "I'm not 100 percent,'' said Cabrera, who played 18
holes Wednesday -- his first time back on the course since
withdrawing from the Wells Fargo Champioship. "I am much better
than I was yesterday. I hit some pretty good shots." A few loose
ones, too, but enough good ones to put himself in a nice position.
Cabrera, who has spent the last two years receiving dental
implants, was just beginning to get his game back at the Masters
where he put himself into contention with a third-round 67. He
eventually tied for seventh. He has made the cut here just three of
the eight previous times he has played here.