In the Bag 2013: Angel Cabrera

Angel Cabrera was inches away from winning his second green jacket in 2013 Masters. As the picture below clearly shows, his chip shot at the first extra play off against Adam Scott missed the cup by fractions of an inch and forced them down a second play off hole, which the Australian then went on to win.

The likeable Argentinean however will likely be back to challenge next year as he has a formidable record at Augusta, winning in 2009 and being in the final groups on Sunday afternoon in both 2011 and 2013.

Nicknamed “El Pato” or “The Duck” for the waddling gait he exhibits on the course, Cabrera employs his own son as his caddy and his second place at the Masters moved him up to 64th in the World.

Let’s find out a little more about this enigmatic South American, including what is in his bag for 2013.

 

 

FACTFILE: Angel Cabrera

Player Name: Angel Cabrera

Place of Birth: Cordoba, Argentina

Age: 43

Club Sponsor: Ping

Major Wins (2) :  US Masters (1) 2009, US Open (1) 2007, Open Championship (0), USPGA Championship (0)

Other Tournament Wins : 46

Current World Ranking: 64

 

 

In The Bag with Angel Cabrera 2013

Driver: Ping G25 Driver (pictured below)

Fairway Woods: Ping G25 Fairway Wood

Hybrids : Ping Anser Hybrid

Irons: Ping S56 Irons (3 to PW) plus a Ping i20 3-Iron

Wedges: Ping Tour Gorge Wedge

Putter: Ping Scottsdale TR Shea H Putter

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

 

 

Career Highlights:

 

 

There are two obvious highpoints in Cabrera’s career, the first was his 2007 win at the US Open at Oakmont Country Club. Not only was this Cabrera’s first Major title, but it was achieved in exceptionally difficult circumstances. The Oakmont course played exceptionally hard, with only eight players shooting under par on a round all week and Cabrera was the only player in the field to achieve that twice.

His victory in 2007 saw him become the first Argentinean player to win the US Open and only the second to win a Major title, after Roberto Di Vincenzo lifted the British Open in 1967 at Hoylake.

 

Two years after his success at Oakmont, Cabrera chose an opportune moment to win his second event on the USPGA Tour, when he lifted the Masters title after a three-way play off involving Kenny Perry and Chad Campbell. After Campbell was eliminated at the first playoff hole, while at the second playoff hole, Perry could only bogey the hole, giving Cabrera the title by virtue of his par.

 

Career Lowpoints:

Cabrera’s low points in his career tended to come early on when he initially struggled to earn a place on the European Tour full time. He failed in his first three attempts at tour school before finally earning a card in 1996, after which he successfully retained his card and became a stalwart player on both the European and USPGA tours.

 

While any player who has won two opens, and been in contention for several more, has achieved, it is fair to say that Cabrera should have won a few more tournaments than he has. Although he has 48 total tournament victories, he only has 2 on the US Tour and 5 on the European Tour.

But while he may not win often, Cabrera seems to have the happy knack of timing his wins to perfection.

 

What does the future hold for Angel Cabrera?

His performance at Augusta will hopefully have given Cabrera the impetus to continue to improve his game. He is a much better player than his current world ranking of 64 suggests and his first aim this year will be to be more consistent, to enable him to climb the rankings and gain entry more easily into the top golfing events.

 

A caveat to that would be allying his undoubted ability to more tournament wins, especially in the ‘bread and butter’ tournaments, which may not be as prestigious as the Majors, but provide vital ranking points.

El Pato should be challenging for the top honours for many years yet and few would bet against him putting up a strong show in several of the Majors to be held in the next few years.

 

 

(Pictures courtesy of Wikipedia Creative Commons License & Angel Cabrera’s Facebook Page, Ping.com Website)

 

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