Experienced campaigner Angel Cabrera leads after round one at the Wells Fargo Championships after he shot an opening day round of 66.
The 44-year-old Argentine was in fine form at Quail Hollow, carding a score of six-under par to shoot to the top of the leader board. Cabrera made seven birdies in total, including a run of four in a row at holes nine, 10, 11 and 12, only dropping one shot in the process to put himself in ‘position a’ after 18 holes of play.
Being the veteran that he is, though, Cabrera was keen not to get carried away, despite admitting that he was pleased with his round, which was his best of the year so far.
He said to reporters: “It was a very good first round, but we have a long way to go.”
Cabrera has been short of form so far this season and couldn’t even find any at Augusta during the Masters last month, a place where he usually reserves his best play for, where he failed to make the cut.
This, therefore, is a welcome change of fortune for him – and he will now be looking to sustain this form for the rest of the week and beyond. His nearest challengers, at this stage, are another man who has seen in it all before and a player who is rather less experienced, in the form of Phil Mickelson and Martin Flores.
Mickelson carded a five-under-par score of 67, to put himself one shot off the top of the leaderboard, although he may be cursing the bogey at 17 which stopped him from having a share of the overnight lead.
Flores, meanwhile, dropped shots at the first and the 17th, but made seven birdies in his round to keep himself right up with the pace set by the much more reputed duo. Elsewhere Rory McIlroy is well poised, and may have been even better placed had he found any form with the putter, in tied seventh at three-under-par.
He is joined on that score by some big names – including fellow Brit Justin Rose and Ryder Cup hero Martin Kaymer.
The field in Charlotte is littered with quality and there are a number of high-profile names on the list of players competing.
Most of the stars have remained in contention after the opening day, too, but Ernie Else is likely to be particularly disappointed with his first round score of four-over-par, which has effectively ended his chances of winning the tournament at this early stage.
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