Who is Ángel Cabrera?
Ángel Cabrera born on 12 September 1969 is an Argentine professional golfer who has played on both the European Tour and PGA Tour. He is known affectionately as “El Pato” in Spanish(“The Duck”) for his waddling gait. He is a two-time major champion, with wins at the U.S. Open in 2007 and the Masters in 2009; he was the first (and still only as of 2021) Argentine and South American to win either. He also lost in a sudden death playoff at the Masters in 2013.
Angel Cabrera sentenced to two years in prison
Argentine golfer Angel Cabrera, a former Masters and the US Open champion, was sentenced to two years in prison on Wednesday after a judge in his homeland found him guilty of domestic violence.
The judge said his sentence would begin immediately in a rehabilitation facility designed for prisoners guilty of crimes related to alcohol and domestic abuse.
Cabrera, who last played professional golf in September 2020, fled to Brazil following accusations made by his former wife Cecilia Torres Mana.
He was arrested at the beginning of the year in Rio de Janeiro before being extradited to Cordoba in June.
The 2007 US Open and 2009 Masters winner faces at least six other charges of domestic violence dating from 2014 and brought by at least one other woman in addition to Torres Mana.
Ángel Cabrera Wiki, Biography
Born in Córdoba, Argentina, Cabrera’s father, Miguel, was a handyman, and his mother worked as a maid. He was three or four when his parents split up and was left in the care of his paternal grandmother. Cabrera stayed with her until he was 16, when he moved in a few feet away, to the house of Silvia, twelve years his senior, and a mother of four boys. They had a son, Federico, followed by another, Ángel.
When Cabrera was 10, he became a caddy at the Córdoba Country Club, which he says almost became his home. He learned golf playing against other caddies for money. His fierce determination and powerful swing soon caught the eye of members, one of whom, Juan Cruz Molina, a local real estate magnate, bought him his first set of clubs when he was 16.
With his stocky figure and habit of smoking at every hole, Cabrera cut a distinctive figure on the course. He is also acknowledged as having one of the biggest swings in the game. His son Federico became a professional golfer in 2008 and entered the PGA Tour’s qualifying school in 2011, but was eliminated in the second stage. His other son, Ángel, became a professional in 2012 and joined the Canadian Tour. The elder Ángel and his sons also compete on PGA Tour Latinoamérica.
In January 2021, Cabrera was arrested in Rio de Janeiro as a result of Interpol issuing a red notice due to him having left Argentina without authorisation following the start of a trial where he was facing a number of criminal charges, including assault, theft and illegal intimidation. In March 2021, he remained imprisoned in Brazil awaiting extradition. Cabrera was extradited to Argentina in June 2021. In July 2021, he was convicted and sentenced to two years in prison.
|Full name||Ángel Cabrera|
|Nickname||El Pato (The Duck)|
|Born||12 September 1969 (age 51)|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight||210 lb (95 kg; 15 st)|
Ángel Cabrera Professional Career
Ángel Cabrera turned professional at age twenty and his first three visits to the European Tour Qualifying School were unsuccessful. On his fourth trip in 1995, made with Molina’s financial assistance, he qualified for membership of the European Tour in 1996. Cabrera retained his card comfortably in his first three seasons and improved substantially to tenth on the Order of Merit in 1999. He has since finished in the top 15 of the Order of Merit on seven occasions, with a best placing of fifth in 2005.
Cabrera’s first European Tour win was the 2001 Argentine Open, which was sanctioned by the European Tour on a one-time basis that year. In 2005, he won the BMW Championship, the most prestigious event on the European Tour outside the majors, and the World Golf Championships.
Cabrera featured a highest of 9th in the Official World Golf Ranking on 2 October 2005. He was the top-ranked Latin American player for a number of years before the emerging pair of Andrés Romero and Camilo Villegas won PGA Tour tournaments in 2008. Cabrera earned enough money ($ 623,504) on the PGA Tour in 2006 playing as a non-member to earn a tour card for 2007. He has played almost full-time in 2007, 2008, and 2009.
Cabrera won his first major championship at the 2007 U.S. Open at Oakmont near Pittsburgh.
Cabrera became the first Argentine player to win the U.S. Open and the second to win a major, joining Roberto De Vicenzo, who won the British Open in 1967 at Royal Liverpool (Hoylake). Cabrera received the 2007 Olimpia de Oro (“Golden Olympia”) as Argentina’s sportsperson of the year.
Cabrera won the Masters Tournament in 2009 in a three-way sudden-death playoff, seeing off Chad Campbell after the first playoff hole, and defeating Kenny Perry on the second.
In 2011, Cabrera was in the mix to win a second Green Jacket at Augusta when he was in the final pairing on Sunday, four strokes behind leader Rory McIlroy.
Cabrera won the Greenbrier Classic in West Virginia on 6 July 2014, his first PGA Tour victory since claiming the green jacket in 2009. It was his third win in the United States, but his first non-major win on the PGA Tour. Cabrera shot a six-under-par 64 on both Saturday and Sunday to secure the title, winning $1.17 million.
Tour de las Américas wins (7)
- 1999 Argentine Masters
- 2001 Argentine Masters
- 2002 Argentine Open
- 2005 Argentine Masters
- 2006 Center Open
- 2007 Center Open, Argentine Masters
Argentine Tour wins (24)
- 1991 San Diego Grand Prix
- 1992 Norpatagonico Open
- 1994 Villa Gessel Grand Prix, South Open, Center Open, Nautico Hacoaj Grand Prix
- 1995 Abierto del Litoral
- 1996 South Open, Santiago del Estero Open
- 1997 Center Open
- 1998 Argentine PGA Championship
- 2000 Center Open, Bariloche Match Play, Desafio de Maestros
- 2001 Center Open, Argentine Open
- 2002 Argentine PGA Championship
- 2004 South Open, North Open
- 2005 Center Open, North Open, Argentine Masters
- 2006 Center Open
- 2007 Center Open
Cordoba Tour wins (6)
- 2001 (2) Ascochingas Tournament, La Cumbre Tournament
- 2002 (2) Rio Cuarto Tournament, Las Delicias Tournament
- 2008 (1) Cordoba PGA Championship
- 2009 (1) Angel Cabrera Tour 2nd Tournament
Other wins (10)
- 1995 (2) Paraguay Open, El Rodeo Open (Colombia)
- 1996 (2) Volvo Masters of Latin America (Brazil), Viña del Mar Open (Chile)
- 1998 (1) Brazil Open
- 1999 (1) Brazil Open
- 2007 (1) PGA Grand Slam of Golf
- 2009 (1) Gary Player Invitational (with Tony Johnstone)
- 2012 (1) Euromayor Cabrera Classic (TPG)
- 2017 (1) PNC Father-Son Challenge (with Angel Jr)