Authorities in Brazil arrested Angel Cabrera, a former Masters and U.S. Open champion, on charges related to domestic abuse.
Brazil’s federal police now will send Cabrera to Argentina, his home country. Two women there say the 51-year-old assaulted and threatened them.
Cabrera had been in the United States before he flew to Brazil in Dec. 31. Once in Brazil, police arrested Cabrera in a city south of Rio de Janeiro.
Cabrera, known as “El Pato,” is arguably one of the most successful golfers ever from South America. He also was popular amongst PGA with people cheering for the son of a handyman and a maid. Plus, he liked to smoke cigarettes between holes. He looked like an everyman who could outdrive the best pros.
Angel Cabrera Was A Top Pro A Decade Ago
Cabrera was at his most dominant more than a decade ago. Cabrera won the 2007 U.S. Open, edging Tiger Woods and Jim Furyk. He also earned a 2009 Masters win in a three-way playoff against Chad Campbell and Kenny Perry. The tournaments are considered ‘Majors,’ and they feature the most prestigious fields in the world.
Cabrera nearly won the 2013 Masters, losing the title in a sudden death playoff to Adam Scott.
In Argentina, Cabrera is facing charges of assault, theft, illegal intimidation and disrespect to authorities. Local media said Silvia Rivadero, Cabrera’s former wife, filed two of the charges against him. Cecilia Torres, an ex-girlfriend, said Cabrera punched her and attempted to run her over with his car in 2016.
When the accusations surfaced last summer, Miguel Gavier, Cabrera’s lawyer told CNN that his client cooperated with police. CNN said that a judge told Cabrera that he still could travel, but needed to establish a residence in Argentina.
“He is innocent in both cases,” Gavier said. “And (Cabrera) expects to be absolved based on the evidence that has been gathered.”
Cabrera won one other tournament on the PGA Tour. He also had four victories on the European Tour, with his biggest the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.
Cabrera played in five tournaments on the PGA Champions Tour in August and September. Golfers aged 50 and older play on the Champions circuit. A left wrist injury kept Cabrera from playing in this year’s Masters in November. Dustin Johnson won the tournament. All former Masters champions receive a lifetime exemption.