On a Quail Hollow course that lets the Argentine hit driver on just about every hole, two exquisite short-game shots late in the second round carried Cabrera to a three-under-par 69 on Friday and a share of the lead with Martin Flores going into the weekend.
It was the first time Cabrera had at least a share of the 36-hole lead on the
With one of the most powerful and reliable swings in golf, the mystery about the 44-year-old Argentine is that his only two on the PGA Tour are majors — Oakmont for the U.S. Open, and Augusta National when he won the Masters in a playoff in 2009.
Flores couldn't ask for a better start, and his finish wasn't too bad, either. Flores began his second round birdie-eagle when he holed out with a wedge from 105 yards in the 11th fairway. He added a pair of birdies late in his round for a 68. They were at nine-under 135, one shot ahead of
Meena Lee shot a season-best 64 that included a nine-hole stretch without a par and Caroline Masson had her second straight 67 to share the lead in the North Texas
At eight-under 134, Lee and Masson were stroke ahead of Texan Stacy Lewis and Natalie Gulbis.
The 65 on Friday for Gulbis was her first sub-70 round this season, putting her in contention for her first victory in seven years. She is playing with an achy left wrist, and has an appointment with a specialist next week to finally figure out what is causing the pain.
Lewis, the No. 3 player in the world, had a bogey-free 64 to match Lee for the best round of the day.
Christina Kim was 6 under after a 69.
First-round leader Suzann Pettersen had a 71 to drop three strokes back at five under.
Top-ranked Inbee Park, the defending champion, was three under after a 68.
Bernhard Langer birdied the final six holes for a share of the lead with Bart Bryant in the Champions Tour's Insperity Invitational at the Woodlands, Texas.
Langer matched Bryant at six-under 66 at The Woodlands Country Club. Langer won the 2007 event at Augusta Pines and successfully defended his title in 2008 at The Woodlands. The 56-year-old German player won the season-opening event in Hawaii for his 19th Champions Tour title and has 20 straight under-par rounds.
Defending champion Esteban Toledo was a stroke back. Last year, he became the first Mexican winner in Champions Tour history, beating Mike Goodes with a par on the third hole of a playoff.
Woodlands resident Jeff Maggert, Fred Funk and Joe Daley shot 68. Maggert won in Mississippi in March in his first start on the 50-and-over tour. Funk won the 2012 event and the 1992
Fred Couples, the 2010 winner, had a 69. He won in March in Newport Beach.
Thailand's Panuphol Pittayarat birdied two of his last three holes to maintain a one-stroke lead after the second round of The Championship at Laguna National in Singapore.