May 14 2011
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.