Disgraced former Masters champion makes first start since prison release

Disgraced former Masters champion Angel Cabrera has made his first start in a professional golf tournament since being released from prison.

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Thu, 14 Dec 2023
Disgraced former Masters champion makes first start since prison release

Disgraced former Masters champion Angel Cabrera has made his first start in a professional golf tournament since being released from jail. 

Cabrera shot an opening round of level par 71 at Abierto del Litoral in his native Argentina. His round included three birdies and three bogeys. 

The golfer has previously expressed his desire to return to the senior circuit. His last start on the PGA Tour Champions came in 2020. 

Cabrera, now 54 years old, spent 30 months locked up for domestic violence offences relating to two previous girlfriends. 

Golfweek reported Cabrera was in great spirits throughout the tournament's first day of play, despite his short game being rusty. 

He was released from prison in early August after being convicted of charges against Cecilia Torres Mana and Micaela Escudero. 

Torres Mana previously explained the extent of Cabrera's abuse, telling ORATO: 

"When there was family violence on television, he insulted the women and said it was our fault.
"He would repeat that 'it' belonged to him [her body] or it belonged to no one. I grew more and more afraid.
"Angel would often say that nobody could stop him and if they tried to arrest him, he would not go back to Argentina."

Cabrera was arrested in Brazil on an Interpol warrant in January 2021. After being extradited, his trial was covered extensively in his homeland. 

He denied but was convicted of the charges against Torres Mana, whom he was with between 2016 and 2018. 

Cabrera subsequently pleaded guilty to the charges relating to Escudero. 

His coach Charlie Epps previously explained Cabrera is trying to obtain a visa so he can travel to the U.S. and apply to be reinstated by the PGA Tour Champions. 

Cabrera is best known for winning the 2007 U.S. Open and the 2009 Masters.  

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