Angel Cabrera US Masters Golfers

Argentine, Angel Cabrera, often cut a downhearted figure on the course, puffing on his cigarette between putts, saying very little to his caddie or opponents. The man has talent, but does he have the self-confidence to take the US Masters title?
All who know him well claim his biggest enemy is himself. He is quick to get negative on the course when things go wrong, and has the demeanour of someone who has clawed his way out of grinding poverty. Which he has – his friends have claimed that his on-course behaviour stems from a deep-seated anger at growing up in a poor, broken home.
Cabrera was also known as an underachiever. He has often contended in big events, but never closed. In fact, since 2001 he has only walked away with three European victories and several lesser South American titles.
Angel Cabrera – US Masters golfer or underachiever?

  • He finished one shot out of a playoff at the 1999 British Open at Carnoustie
  • He held the lead during the second and third rounds of the 2001 US Masters
  • He led the 2004 US Open at Shinnecock Hills with a first round 66

But has never claimed the ultimate prize, a major.
Cabrera, affectionately known as ‘El Pato’ – the Duck in English – has worked very hard at controlling his temper on course and it all paid off when he lifted the 2007 US Open title at Oakmont. His five-over (285) beat the legendary Tiger Woods and Jim Furyk, world no.3, by one shot. Enough to boost anyone’s confidence!
In a far better mental place, Cabrera did not let the battle-hardened Woods or Furyk put him off his strokes and he claimed the title with his greatest weapon – his full-blooded ball-striking.
‘El Pato’ is arguably the straightest of the games’ truly long hitters, and the Augusta National, home to the US Masters, rewards those qualities more than many others. So, perhaps with his newfound killer instinct and his improved mental strength, Angel Cabrera could grab his second Majors title.
When asked how he kept it together to win the US Open, he leaned back in his chair, had a sip of red wine, puffed contentedly on a Montecristo and said, “Experiencia”.
How do you rate Angel Cabrera, and other US Masters golfers this year?