Report: Disgraced former Masters champion given PGA Tour green light

Former Masters champion Angel Cabrera has reportedly been given the all-clear to return to the PGA Tour Champions, according to a report.

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Tue, 19 Dec 2023
Report: Disgraced former Masters champion given PGA Tour green light

Former Masters champion Angel Cabrera has reportedly been given the all clear to return to the PGA Tour

Cabrera was released from prison on 4 August after he spent more than two years in custody for domestic violence offences. 

The golfer, nicknamed El Pato (The Duck), because of the way he walks, was convicted of offences relating to two former girlfriends. 

After being released, he spoke of his dream of returning to the PGA Tour Champions - but was he going to be given a chance?

A PGA Tour official has told Handicap54: "If his procedural situation worsens again, he will be suspended again.

"Anyway, as we said, Angel Cabrera will be able to play on any circuit belonging to the PGA Tour starting in 2024."

Cabrera recently completed his first 72-hole tournament since his prison release, posting a T-10 at the Abierto del Litoral. 

After that event, he provided an extensive interview to Golf Digest in which he revealed he is now a father and a husband. 

He married his partner of four years, Yamila Alvarez, two months after he was released. Their son Felipe was born in November 2022. 

Cabrera said becoming a father has made him what to become a good person. 

He told the publication of his time in prison: "I don't look for people to blame anymore.

"While I was detained, I realized that if I had still been out — and been behaving the way I had been — I would probably not be alive now.

"There were nights I lay in my cell thanking God for my imprisonment. What I had been doing was so crazy.

"I did all this to myself. But it's done. I can’t erase how I acted. All I can do is move forward and do something different."

Cabrera also stated his desire to return to Augusta National to play the 2024 Masters. 

"It would be a great privilege to return and to attend the Champions Dinner with so many of the golf world's greatest players," he said. 

Augusta National chiefs declined to comment on whether Cabrera will be permitted to tee it up in the major. 

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