Cabrera on the double

By Brian Keogh

US Open champion Angel Cabrera still believes he can win the title at The K Club - emulating Retief Goosen's 2004 double.

The beefy Argentine fired a one under par 69 in the second round to get back to level par.

And after knocking the rust off his game following his two-week US Open celebrations, he hopes to follow in the footsteps of Goosen by adding the Smurfit title to a major win.

After four birdies and three bogeys, Cabrera stlll thinks he can lift the trophy tomorrow night.

He said: "With 36 holes to go, you never know. Goosen did it so why not Cabrera? Why not?"

What Cabrera didn't say is that Goosen was two shots clear on the field at the halfway stage in 2004 and went on to win with five strokes to spare.

But the man form Cordoba at least feels better about his game than he did on Thursday, when he shot a one over 71.

He said: "Today I hit it very solidly and the course was playing a lot tougher than yesterday, so I am very happy with the round.

"I was much better today off the tee. I hit eight or nine fairways and just a few in the first cut."

It wasn't all plain sailing though as he bogeyed his opening hole, birdied the 14th and 16th but then bogeyed the 17th and 18th,

On his bogey at the 10th, he said: "I took the risk of going for it on the second shot and being the first hole, hooked it a little more than I wanted to. But one shot is not very important."

Birdies at the second and third saved the day as well as just 29 putts.

Cabrera said: "You can have some tricky five or six footers with the wind, but I am quite happy with my putting."