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Ruben Yorio was on the bag when the Argentine won the 2009 Masters, but it wasn’t long before they parted ways. Cabrera has used his son, his stepson and most recently Jose Luis Campra, a golf coach and caddie from Cordoba.

Yorio said Cabrera called out of the blue and asked him if he wanted to caddie for a few weeks. Then again, it might only be this week. Yorio said Cabrera’s son, Angelito, was due to arrive this week and work The Players Championship.

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A WISE MOVE: Rory McIlroy was hopeful of squeezing a few more birdies out of his round of 69. He hit a mediocre bunker shot next to the green on the par-5 seventh and a chip from in front of the green on the short par-4 eighth that ran 10 feet by the hole.

But he also took his medicine.

On the third hole, McIlroy pulled his tee shot and it struck a tree and went some 30 yards deeper into the woods. It looked like he had no shot but to pitch 50 yards back to the fairway, except that the 24-year-old thought he saw a way out.

He was so far left that he could hit a low punch down a road that ran behind the corporate tents. He had caddie J.P. Fitzgerald run down the road to get a yardage. The idea was to hit it beyond the row of trees and past the tents to leave a chip onto the green.

Fitzpatrick returned, gave him a scouting report and talked him out of it.

“Once we get past the trees, we’re fine,” the caddie told him. “Realistically, we’re going to make 5. So it’s probably not worth it.”

McIlroy took his advice.

“I can still make 4?” he said.

“Yes,” Fitzpatrick said.

He pitched out, hit about 30 feet below the hole and missed the putt to take bogey. But it could have been worse.

McIlroy shot 69.

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