WASHINGTON: Angel Cabrera played the par-fives in four under Thursday (Friday in Manila) en route to a bogey-free 65 for a share of the first round lead at the PGA Tour’s Barbasol Championship with Jhonattan Vegas.
The 46-year-old former Masters winner from Argentina holed a 60-foot putt for an eagle the par-five 13th and made birdies on the par-five fifth and 16th holes for his best round of 2016.
He shares the top of the leaderboard with Venezuela’s Vegas who also eagled the 13th in sweltering conditions at the RTJ Trail course in Auburn, Alabama.
“It was a great round overall,” Vegas said. “From the beginning all the way to the end, I felt like I did exactly what I had planned at the beginning of the day.”
Cabrera, who won The Masters in 2009 and the US Open two years earlier, is seeking his fourth career US Tour win at the Barbasol which is being played on US soil opposite the British Open.
Scotland’s Martin Laird was a shot back at 66 with a half a dozen others, comprising Blayne Barber, Ben Crane, Shawn Stefani, Matt Bettencourt, Michael Kim and Lucas Lee.
Two weeks ago, Laird tied for seventh at the Barracuda Championship in his last start while Crane is making his first appearance in the event.
American David Toms is the other former major champion in the field. The 2001 PGA Championship winner shot a 67.