Angel Cabrera withdrew from The Players Championship on Thursday, shortly after turning in his scorecard for a first-round 78, a 6-over score that had him well off the pace. It was an ugly round that included a double-bogey seven on the par-5 11th and an even worse score on the famed 17th hole. Staring down the island green with a massive crowd gathered around 17, Cabrera had a memorable battle, and not in a good way.
His first shot was woefully short, landing in the water without even threatening the putting surface. After a penalty stroke and a trip to the drop area, Cabrera was short again. Two shots, two balls in the water, and Cabrera was hitting his fifth shot into the par-3 without having sniffed the green yet.
But he wasn't done: Cabrera's next attempt also went in the drink. If you're going to fail at 17, you might as well do so in spectacular fashion.
Finally, Cabrera's seventh shot landed on the putting surface. Two putts later, he wrote a nine on the scorecard and trudged on to 18.
While nobody knows what "personal reasons" caused Cabrera to withdraw, many immediately pointed to his performance on 17. After all, just a few weeks ago Cabrera bailed on the Zurich Classic following a tough first round.
And besides, a 9 on the 17th hole is pretty personal. I wouldn't want to face the hole again on Friday, either.