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GOLF NEWS - JUNE '07

GOLF NEWS ARCHIVE>>>JUNE '07 NEWS INDEX

Cabrera Had Right Touch At U.S. Open

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Angel Cabrera, from Argentina, defied convention to score the biggest golf victory of his career. Cabrera's win at Oakmont was hardly by the book, but his aggressive play and attitude proved to be a perfect match for a barbarically tough setup. His closing score of 69, which vaulted him from four strokes back at the start of round four to U.S.Open champion, was a departure from the statistical mold for Open success -  Cabrera hit driver while most others tried to stay in play with fairway woods and long irons. Even though Cabrera hit only 48 percent of his fairways, he made his golf drives count when he had to have it. His golf putter also helped complete his path to success by having only 2 three-putts the entire tournament. He accomplished that by consistently hitting the golf ball close, giving him many birdie attempts in the 5'-6' range, whereas the rest of the field was struggling with 5'-6' par putts.

It wasn't as if Cabrera's win was a total fluke. He hasn't missed a cut in eight straight U.S. Opens and has finished in the top 10 in three of the last six majors. Keeping his emotions in check was just as important as controlling his golf swing, as the other contenders fell back. Aaron Baddeley took a triple bogey on No. 1, Paul Casey made triple at No. 6, Stephen Ames made a triple on No. 7, Justin Rose made double at No. 3, and Bubba Watson started badly with a double at No. 1. Jim Furyk, who was in it right to the very end made bogey at No. 17. Tiger Woods had the best chance to catch Cabrera needing only a birdie with 3 to play, but couldn't do it.

Woods has gone five U.S. Opens without a victory, his longest active drought among the majors. He was actually more consistent than Cabrera from tee to green but just couldn't get the putts to drop. His putting woes were evident during round 3 when after a nearly flawless round that included 17 straight greens in regulation, he finished with a total of 35 putts on the day. Wood's record dropped to 1-for-16 on par-70 major layouts and his runner-up showing marks the second consecutive major that he's started the final round in the last group but failed to win.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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