Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Better Tee Shots Give Cabrera Hope; the Masters Champion Moves within Four Shots of the Players Lead

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Better Tee Shots Give Cabrera Hope; the Masters Champion Moves within Four Shots of the Players Lead

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Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO

Angel Cabrera's nickname -- Pato, which is Spanish for duck -- not only describes his physique and the way he walks. It's a pretty good description of the way he has played the TPC Sawgrass Players Stadium Course the past two days.

Cabrera waddled his way to 7-under-par 137 with six bogeys, one triple-bogey, 14 birdies and one eagle over the two days. The triple-bogey was on the first hole he played Thursday.

He is only four shots in back of the lead.

"My tee shots were pretty much the difference today," Cabrera said through an interpreter after shooting a 7-under par 65 on Friday, his first sub-70 round at The Players Championship in 18 rounds. "I was able to get the hole started out right.

"... [Thursday] I just wasn't getting it off the tee in the appropriate spots."

The 2009 Masters champion shot an even-par 72 on Thursday with four bogeys, five birdies, the triple-bogey, and an eagle on No. 16. He started on hole No. …

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