Angel Cabrera plays his first competitive round in Argentina after getting out of jail.
Angel Cabrera plays his first competitive round in Argentina after getting out of jail.

He is a former Masters and U.S. Open champion.

You may know Angel Cabrera as “El Pato” or “The Duck” because of the way he walks. He is back quacking.

The two-time major winner spent 30 months in jail in both Brazil and Argentina and hasn’t played on the PGA Tour Champions since 2020. On Wednesday, he shot an even-par 71 at the Coast Open, a tournament held in his home country of Argentina that has been a part of the PGA Tour Latinoamerica Developmental Series since 1932.

In the first round of this 72-hole tournament, Cabrera hit three birdies and three bogeys. This is his first tournament of this length since the 2020 Bridgestone Senior Players Championship. Someone who was there said, “Great from the tee, rusty in the short game but in great spirit.”

The charges against Cabrera for assaulting two ex-girlfriends were dropped on August 4, after he had been locked up for more than two years. He was caught by the federal police in Brazil in January 2021 on an Interpol order.

Cabrera won the U.S. Open in 2007 and the Masters in 2009. In July 2021, he was given a two-year prison term for harassing and making threats against Cecilia Torres Mana, who was his partner from 2016 to 2018.

In November 2022, he was also sent to court for making threats and harassing Micaela Escudero, who was another ex-girlfriend. After Cabrera pleaded guilty, the judge put both of his sentences together and sent him to prison for three years and ten months.

Golfweek previously reported that his longtime coach Charlie Epps said he is trying to get a visa so he can come to the U.S. He will then have to apply to get back on the PGA Tour Champions, which Epps says suspended him, and find out if Augusta National will honor his lifetime invitation as a past champion to the Masters in April.

The Abierto del Litoral was won by Cabrera in 1995. The Argentina Open, which Cabrera has also won before, will take place in late February. It will be a part of the 2024 Korn Ferry Tour season for the first time.

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