Watch for low scores from Cabrera and plenty of good seats at the bar

Friday January 8th, 2010

Follow Alan Shipnuck on Twitter Cabrera-w2w4-sbs KAPALUA, Hawaii -  Expect more low scores on Friday at Kapalua. The winds are supposed to remain mild, and all the players have now gotten over Opening Day jitters/rust. I wouldn't be surprised to see Angel Cabrera leading at the end of the day. After years of watching him I can detect a certain swagger when he's playing well, and he's had that specific strut this week. Pato birdied all of the par-5s during his opening-round salvo and nearly drove a couple of par-4s. After a five-under 68, he is two back of leader Lucas Glover. He often loses his patience on tight, penal courses, but here at the Plantation he can whale away with his driver, which keeps his interest level up.
One thing I won't be watching for is Kapalua's traditional media party, which has been scrapped, a glum nod to corporate belt-tightening and the tumbleweed blowing through the pressroom. Not counting the Hawaiian newspapers, the NY Times is the only fishwrap here. I shall raise a pina colada for all of my fallen comrades. Photo: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images Follow Alan Shipnuck on Twitter

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