The Journey Of “El Pato”

Angel Cabrera, popularly known as “El Pato” in Spanish (meaning “The Duck”) plays for the European as well as PGA Tour. Having won the 2007 US Open and the Maters of 2009, he is a two time major champion. In both the tournaments he became the first Argentine to achieve victory in either tournament. However, in the 2013 Masters, he lost in a sudden death playoff.

After three unsuccessful attempts to the European tour Qualifying School, he finally qualified for the membership of the European Tour in the year 1996. The first two professional victories of Angel Cabrera came in the year 1995, in Latin America. The first win in the European Tour was in the Argentine Open held in the year 2001. He also won the BMW Championship in the year 2005.

The BMW championship is considered one of the most prestigious events of the European Tour Schedule. Meanwhile he had also earned victory in three non European Tours in Latin America.

In the US Open that was held in the year 2007 at Oakmont near Pittsburgh, Cabrera earned his first major championship victory. He topped Tiger Woods and Jim Furyk at the end of the tournament by one stroke. In the year 2009, Cabrera won the Masters Tournament in a three way sudden death playoff. Unfortunately in the seasons held in 2010, Cabrera struggled with injuries, missing a number of events that took place during that year.

In 2011 Masters Cabrera was in the final pairing on Sunday, and showed a good finish, in fact his best in a major tournament after his comeback. The 2013 Masters too got Cabrera as a participant and once again he was in the final pairing on Sunday. The 2012 Visa Open de Argentina and the 2013 Abierto del Centro, both the tournaments were won by Angel Cabrera.

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