No visa and no Masters for Angel Cabrera

Still awaiting a visa for the United States, Argentine golfer Angel Cabrera will not be competing in the Masters

by Andrea Gussoni
No visa and no Masters for Angel Cabrera
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Still awaiting a visa for the United States, Argentine golfer Angel Cabrera will not be competing in the Masters, which he won in 2009, with the tournament set to begin in three weeks. At 54 years old, El Pato's legal troubles have caught up with him, as he hopes to continue his career on the American circuit for players over fifty...

until something better comes along.

Angel Cabrera, results

After months of waiting since his release from prison this summer, the decision has finally been made: Angel Cabrera will not play in the 2024 Masters! The 54-year-old Argentine could have competed thanks to his status as a former champion (2009), but his legal troubles, including a two-and-a-half-year prison sentence for domestic violence, have prevented it.

Cabrera's longtime agent, Manuel Tagle, confirmed that the visa would not be issued in time... if it ever is. With tournaments in the United States in his sights before this summer Cabrera has not played in the Masters since 2019.

Apparently settled with his new partner and his son Felipe, the South American has already made his return to competition in Argentina with several top-10 finishes. His comeback at the Trophée Hassan II resulted in an encouraging 27th place, allowing him to once again taste top-level competition, and there is no doubt that he is eager to quickly return to the PGA Tour Champions circuit initially.

According to our information, he is aiming to return for the Regions Tradition (May 9-12) or the US Senior Open (June 27-30). As a reminder, Tiger Woods will indeed be competing in the 88th Masters at Augusta (April 11-14).

He began his career as a caddie at Eduardo Romero's club, who served as his mentor and supported his career. Turning professional at the age of 20, he failed three times in the qualifying rounds to earn his card on the European Tour before finally securing it for the 1996 season.

He finished tenth in the Order of Merit in 1999. Since then, he has consistently been among the top performers on the European circuit, achieving a fifth-place finish in 2005. His first victory on the European Tour came at home, at the Argentine Open in 2001, the only year the event was part of the European Tour schedule.

Since then, he has won two other events on this circuit. In 2007, he claimed his first Major title by winning the U.S. Open. He clinched the tournament with a score of 5-over-par, edging out Tiger Woods and Jim Furyk by one stroke, despite trailing the leaders by four shots and Tiger Woods by two shots at the start of the final round.

This victory marked the first time an Argentine golfer had won the U.S. Open and only the second Major victory by an Argentine, following his compatriot Roberto DeVicenzo's win at the British Open in 1967. In April 2009, the Argentine added a second Major title to his resume by winning the prestigious Masters Tournament at Augusta after a fierce battle with Kenny Perry and Chad Campbell on the final day of the tournament (two playoff rounds).

Angel Cabrera