|— Golfer —|
|Full name||Ángel Cabrera|
|Nickname||Spanish version: "El Pato"
English version: "The Duck"
12 September 1969 |
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight||210 lb (95 kg; 15 st)|
|Children||Federico (b. 1989)
Ángel (b. 1991)
|Current tour(s)||European Tour (joined 1996)
PGA Tour (joined 2007)
|Number of wins by tour|
|Best results in Major Championships
|Masters Tournament||Won: 2009|
|U.S. Open||Won: 2007|
|The Open Championship||T4: 1999|
|PGA Championship||T19: 2000|
Ángel Cabrera (pronounced: [ˈaŋxel kaˈβɾeɾa]; born 12 September 1969) is an Argentine professional golfer who plays on both the European Tour and PGA Tour. He is known affectionately as "El Pato" in Spanish or in English as "The Duck" for his waddling gait. He is a two-time major champion, having won the 2007 U.S. Open and the 2009 Masters, in each becoming the first Argentine to win either tournament. He also lost in a sudden death playoff at the 2013 Masters.
- 1 Background
- 2 Professional career
- 3 Team golf career
- 4 Professional wins (51)
- 5 Major championships
- 6 Results in World Golf Championship events
- 7 Team appearances
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Cabrera was born in Córdoba, Argentina. His father, Miguel, was a handyman, and his mother worked as a maid. Ángel was three or four when his parents split up. He was left in the care of his paternal grandmother. He 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. Ángel and Silvia have never been formally married, they are officially separated. He is now dating singer, model and actress Coki Ramírez.
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 the PGA Tour Latinoamérica.
Cabrera turned professional at the age of twenty. His first three visits to the European Tour Qualifying School were unsuccessful, but on his fourth trip in 1995, made with Molina's financial assistance, he qualified for membership of the European Tour in 1996. He 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.
European Tour wins
Cabrera's first two professional wins came in Latin America in 1995, and his 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 schedule other than the majors and the World Golf Championships. However, it was only his third European Tour win, a tally which was perhaps disappointing given his consistent form on the tour. At that point, he had also won seven non-European Tour events in Latin America, where the standard of play is much lower than on the European Tour.
Cabrera featured a highest of 9th in the Official World Golf Rankings 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 (US$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.
In 2009, Cabrera announced partnership with Gary Player Design to collaborate on a golf course design business with a focus in Latin America. This coincides with golf, the Olympics and Brazil coming together in 2016.
2007 U.S. Open win
Cabrera won his first major championship at the 2007 U.S. Open at Oakmont near Pittsburgh. He finished the tournament at 5-over, topping Tiger Woods and Jim Furyk by one stroke. Cabrera entered the third round as the leader at even par, after finishing the first round at 1-under, and shooting 1-over on the second day. He struggled during the third round, finishing 6 strokes over par, putting him 4 strokes behind the leader and two behind Woods. Cabrera rebounded and came back strong on the last day. He birdied one of the longest par-3 holes in major championship history when he sunk a 20 foot at the 8th hole, which played at a lengthy 300 yards on Sunday. Cabrera finished one stroke under par, bringing him down to 5-over (285) for the championship, just enough to secure his first career major victory. At a post-match interview Cabrera said "Well, there are some players that have psychologists, some have sportologists, I smoke."
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.
2009 Masters win
Cabrera won the 2009 Masters Tournament in a three-way sudden-death playoff, seeing off Chad Campbell after the first playoff hole, and defeating Kenny Perry on the second. On the first playoff hole, the 18th, Cabrera missed right of the fairway, leaving his ball stymied directly behind a tree. On his second shot, he hit a shot right of the tree that would have sent the golf ball onto the 10th hole fairway, but ended up hitting another tree about 30 yards ahead, bouncing left and settling in the center of the 18th fairway. He and Perry both got up-and-down for par, while Campbell missed his 4-foot-par putt and was eliminated. On the second playoff hole, the 10th, Cabrera made par to defeat Perry, becoming the first Argentine to win the Masters. He was the lowest-ranked golfer to win the Masters, having been ranked 69th before the tournament.
Cabrera and Woods are the only active PGA Tour members who have won both the U.S. Open and the Masters as of 2009.
Cabrera struggled with injuries throughout most of the 2010 season and was forced to miss a number of events after undergoing surgery.
In 2011, Cabrera was in the mix to win a second Green Jacket when he was in the final pairing on Sunday, four strokes behind leader Rory McIlroy. Cabrera started the round solidly and even tied for the lead at one point during the afternoon, but bogeys on 12 and 16 derailed his chances. He posted a final round 71 which placed him in sole seventh, five strokes behind the South African Charl Schwartzel. This was however Cabrera's best finish in a major tournament since his win back in 2009. He missed the cut in the years other three major championships and failed to qualify for the season ending FedEx Cup playoffs, finishing 154th in the standings. His best finish of the season was a T6 in the fall season at the McGladrey Classic.
In the 2013 Masters, Cabrera was again in the final pairing on Sunday. After taking a two shot lead on the front nine, Cabrera proceeded to lose the lead and after failing to birdie the par-5 15th was two shots behind leader Jason Day. Day then bogeyed two holes in succession and when Cabrera made a 20 foot putt for birdie at the 16th he tied Adam Scott and Day briefly for the lead. As Cabrera stood on the 18th fairway, up ahead on the green and playing in the penultimate group, Scott holed a birdie putt to take the lead. Cabrera hit a 163 yard 7 iron to 3 feet and knocked in the putt to force a playoff. On the first playoff hole, Scott's second shot was 160 yards out but rolled back off the front of the green. Cabrera's second shot also came up short, rolling back off the green and coming to rest behind Scott's ball. Cabrera's chip just slid by the hole. Both players then made par sending them onto the 10th for the second playoff hole. Scott and Cabrera hit their tee shots in the fairway and matched each other with approach shots which landed on the green giving both birdie chances, Cabrera with 18 feet uphill and Scott a downhill right to left 12 footer. Cabrera's putt was a turn away from dropping in, giving Scott a chance to win with his putt. Scott made the putt defeating Cabrera and bringing Australia their first ever green jacket.
Although Cabrera is fully exempt on the PGA Tour, he occasionally competes in Argentinian events on the PGA Tour Latinoamérica, a developmental tour in Latin America whose 2013 members include former PGA Tour winners Carlos Franco and Ted Purdy. Cabrera won the 2012 Visa Open de Argentina and the 2013 Abierto del Centro.
Team golf career
Cabrera was a member of the international squad in the Presidents Cup in 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2013.
Professional wins (51)
PGA Tour wins (2)
|Major championships (2)|
|1||17 Jun 2007||U.S. Open||+5 (69-71-76-69=285)||1 stroke||Jim Furyk, Tiger Woods|
|2||12 Apr 2009||Masters Tournament||–12 (68-68-69-71=276)||Playoff||Chad Campbell, Kenny Perry|
PGA Tour playoff record (1–1)
|1||2009||Masters Tournament||Chad Campbell, Kenny Perry||Won with par on second extra hole
Campbell eliminated with par on first hole
|2||2013||Masters Tournament||Adam Scott||Lost to birdie on second extra hole|
European Tour wins (5)
|Major championships (2)|
|Other European Tour (3)|
|1||1 Apr 2001||Open de Argentina||–12 (67-65-69-67=268)||2 strokes||Carl Pettersson|
|2||12 May 2002||Benson & Hedges International Open||–10 (68-73-68-69=278)||1 stroke||Barry Lane|
|3||29 May 2005||BMW Championship||–15 (70-70-66-67=273)||2 strokes||Paul McGinley|
|4||17 Jun 2007||U.S. Open||+5 (69-71-76-69=285)||1 stroke||Jim Furyk, Tiger Woods|
|5||12 Apr 2009||Masters Tournament||–12 (68-68-69-71=276)||Playoff||Chad Campbell, Kenny Perry|
Asian Tour wins (1)
|1||4 Nov 2007||Barclays Singapore Open||–8 (71-63-70-72=276)||1 stroke||Vijay Singh|
PGA Tour Latinoamérica wins (2)
|1||16 Dec 2012||Visa Open de Argentina||–8 (65-70-71-64=270)||4 strokes||Miguel Carballo, Oscar Fraustro|
|2||21 Apr 2013||Abierto del Centro||E (72-72-76-64=284)||Playoff||Rafael Gómez|
Argentine Tour wins (28)
- 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
- 1999 Argentine Masters (TLA)
- 2000 Center Open, Bariloche Match Play, Desafio de Maestros
- 2001 Center Open, Argentine Masters (TLA), Argentine Open (European Tour)
- 2002 Argentine Open (TLA), Argentine PGA Championship
- 2004 South Open (TLA), North Open
- 2005 Center Open, North Open, Argentine Masters (TLA)
- 2006 Center Open (TLA)
- 2007 Center Open (TLA), Argentine Masters (TLA)
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 (9)
- 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 (unofficial money PGA Tour-sanctioned event)
- 2009 (1) Gary Player Invitational (with Tony Johnstone)
- 2012 (1) Euromayor Cabrera Classic (TPG)
|Year||Championship||54 holes||Winning score||Margin||Runners-up|
|2007||U.S. Open||4 shot deficit||+5 (69-71-76-69=285)||1 stroke||Jim Furyk, Tiger Woods|
|2009||Masters Tournament||Tied for lead||−12 (68-68-69-71=276)||Playoff1||Chad Campbell, Kenny Perry|
1Defeated Kenny Perry and Chad Campbell in a sudden-death playoff – Cabrera (4-4), Perry (4-5) and Campbell (5).
|The Open Championship||T51||DNP||T4|
|The Open Championship||CUT||CUT||CUT||T22||DNP||CUT||7||34||CUT||T24|
|The Open Championship||CUT||CUT||CUT||T11|
DNP = did not play
WD = withdrew
CUT = missed the half way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place.
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.
|The Open Championship||0||0||0||1||2||5||15||7|
- Most consecutive cuts made – 7 (2008 PGA – 2010 U.S. Open)
- Longest streak of top-10s – 2 (2001 Masters – 2001 U.S. Open)
Results in World Golf Championship events
|Accenture Match Play Championship||DNP||R64||DNP||R64||R32||DNP||R32||R32||R64||QF|
|Accenture Match Play Championship||R64||R64||DNP||DNP||DNP|
1Cancelled due to 9/11
DNP = Did not play
QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = tied
NT = No tournament
Yellow background for top-10.
Note that the HSBC Champions did not become a WGC event until 2009.
- Alfred Dunhill Cup (representing Argentina): 1997, 1998, 2000
- World Cup (representing Argentina): 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
- Presidents Cup (International Team): 2005, 2007, 2009, 2013
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- "Angel Cabrera Wife Silvia and New Girlfriend Coki". FabWags. Retrieved 20 March 2013.
- Official World Golf Ranking – 2 October 2005
- 69 Players Who Have Reached The Top-10 In World Ranking
- Cabrera disbelief at US Open win, BBC, 18 June 2007.
- "Cabrera named Argentine Sportsperson of the Year". European Tour. 3 January 2008. Retrieved 13 January 2008.[dead link]
- "Masters 2009". BBC Sport. 12 April 2009. Retrieved 13 April 2009.
- Official website
- Ángel Cabrera at the European Tour official site
- Ángel Cabrera at the PGA Tour official site
- Ángel Cabrera at the Official World Golf Ranking official site
- Angel Cabrera fought his way from the barrio to the U.S. Open
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