Cabrera played in early, calmer conditions and thrived on the new Bermuda greens at Quail Hollow. He made seven birdies, including a 40-footer from just off the green, and turned in a six-under-par 66 that stood as the lead the rest of the day.
Mickelson caught him twice and couldn't hold it.
Coming off his first missed cut at the Masters in 17 years, Mickelson handled the strong, swirling wind in the afternoon for a five-under 67, tied with Martin Flores. Mickelson hit only one fairway on the back nine. He bogeyed both the par-three holes. He chipped poorly and atoned for that with long par putts.
He still made six birdies and was in the large group at 69 that included U.S. Open champion
Suzann Pettersen shot a bogey-free five-under 66 to take the first-round lead in the North Texas
Pettersen, who returned to the
Top-ranked Inbee Park, the defending champion, and Texas native Stacy Lewis, the highest-ranked American at No. 3, both shot 71 at Las Colinas Country Club.
Pettersen took sole possession of the lead when she birdied Nos. 7 and 8, her 16th and 17th holes of the day.
Thailand's Panuphol Pittayarat had a bogey-free nine-under 63 to take the first-round lead in The Championship at Laguna National in Singapore.
American David Lipsky was a stroke back along with Scotland's Scott Jamieson, South Korea's Kim Byung-jun and Singapore's Quincy Quek.