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Cabrera follows Augusta loss with Argentina win

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On Sunday, April 21st, Ángel Cabrera signed for a final-round 64, then went into a playoff against countryman Rafael Gómez. The mano a mano duel ended quickly, as Cabrera birdied the first extra hole to win his second PGA Tour Latinoamerica event in two attempts.

On Sunday, April 14th, Ángel Cabrera signed for a final-round 70, then went into a playoff against Presidents Cup teammate Adam Scott. The extra-hole friendly took a bit longer, ending on the second playoff hole, where Scott holed a birdie putt to deny El Pato his second Masters title and third major championship.

So much about Cabrera’s past eight days transcends the paradigm of the modern-day professional golfer. Rather than take time off after the apparently-debilitating loss in Augusta, Cabrera took a flight home to South America’s austral region to compete in a fledgling event, the 82° Abierto OSDE del Centro, lending support to help the event and Latin American Tour grow stronger. He wasn’t the only Cabrera entered; son Federico made the cut and finished a mere 27 strokes out of the playoff, while another son (Ángel II) missed the cut by five shots.

Until the final round, Ángel padre was not happy with his performance.

Yo estaba un poco molesto conmigo mismo porque no había podido hacer una vuelta para estar en la pelea. No había jugado bien ningún día y ayer eso se reflejó con una ronda de 5-más (76) y estaba un poco preocupado.”

Translation: “I was a bit annoyed with myself because I had not been able to play a round to get into the mix,” Cabrera said. “I had not played well any single day and this was reflected yesterday [Saturday] with a round of five-over par (76) and I was a bit worried.”

Cabrera’s rounds at the Augusta National (not once at par or worse) were a complete contrast to his first three days at the Córdoba Golf Club, where he played over par each of the first three days, before posting his seven-under effort on Sunday, the week’s best score by three strokes. On the 72nd hole, Super-Pato nearly drove the green on the 386-yard par four, then electrified the crowd with a chip-in for eagle.

Unlike the previous week, where his chip on the first playoff hole stayed out of the cup, Cabrera was dead on and put the pressure squarely on the shoulders of Rafael Gómez.

Fue impresionante (el águila del 18). La verdad que tuve suerte que se me paró la pelota ahí, cerca del hoyo y pude hacer uno de mis mejores chips de los últimos tiempos.

Translation: “It was impressive (the eagle on 18),” Gómez said. “The truth is that I was lucky that the ball stopped there, near the hole, and I could then make one of my best chip shots in recent memory.”

To his credit, Gómez birdied the final hole to enter the playoff.

Córdoba Golf Club, it should be noted, is Cabrera’s truest home. He learned the game in the suburb of Villa Allende over these same fairways, finding respite from a difficult youth. After the pressure of Augusta National, the homecoming served him in so many ways.

Para mí la victoria es muy importante, acá en Villa Allende, con mi gente, en mi casa y la verdad que esto pertenezca al PGA TOUR Latinoamérica para mí es un orgullo.

Translation: “For me, the victory is very important, here in Villa Allende, with my people, in my hometown,” Cabrera said. “That the event is part of PGA Tour Latin America is for me a source of great pride.”

From a different perspective, the win at the Abierto OSDE del Centro might seem small consolation to the runner-up at one of men’s golf’s four major professional championships. For Cabrera, who for so long shunned the international game for lack of comfort, it cemented a stone on a pathway toward what truly matters: family, friends and home land. Let’s recap: rather than take deserved time off after a near-miss on golf’s greatest stage, Cabrera returned home to support a new tour and a small event. That, friends, is a role model.

Is there any doubt, with such a grounded life paradigm, that Ángel Cabrera will again challenge for golf’s greatest honors?

Editor’s note: Translation done by the writer, Ronald Montesano, who is fluent in the Spanish of all countries.

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Ronald Montesano writes for GolfWRX.com from western New York. He dabbles in coaching golf and teaching Spanish, in addition to scribbling columns on all aspects of golf, from apparel to architecture, from equipment to travel. Follow Ronald on Twitter at @buffalogolfer.

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Check out Scotty Cameron’s 2022 “Las Vegas” putter cover

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Las Vegas traditions include both losing your shirt at the craps table and limited-edition putter covers from Scotty Cameron at the Shriners Children’s Open.

Last year’s “Let’s Roll” cover featured an abundance of red dice against a green background. 

Prior to that, the iconic “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Nevada” sign served as inspiration.

This year, Cameron and Company went with a silver cover with a traditional Vegas showgirl, “777,” jackpot, a pair of cards totaling blackjack, and more.

Check out Scotty’s 2022 “Las Vegas” covers, below.

Check out more photos from the 2022 Shriners Children’s Open here.

 

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Photos from the 2022 Presidents Cup

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GolfWRX was live for the “United States vs. Everyone (except Europe)” showdown, otherwise known as the Presidents Cup.

Contested this year at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina, from an equipment standpoint, the Presidents Cup offers the opportunity to get an up-close look at the wares of the best golfers in the world and always provides for some interesting custom equipment — like Justin Thomas’ wedge, below (and Max Homa’s in the featured image).

Check out all our galleries from the Presidents Cup, below.

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Photos from the 2022 Fortinet Championship

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GolfWRX is live this week at the Fortinet Championship as the 2022-2023 PGA Tour season gets underway in Napa.

Plenty of general galleries to fill your cup with this week, as well as WITB looks — including Jimmy Walker and Rickie Fowler. We also have a limited-edition Odyssey putter cover and new drivers from Wilson and Srixon.

Check out Rickie discussing his new irons in this PGA Tour x GolfWRX video.

 

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Also featured this week: An in-hand look at Greyson Sigg’s Mizuno JPX923 Tour irons (the long-rumored and already widely discussed successor to 2020’s 921).

Check out links to all our galleries after the photo of Hideki Matsuyama doing Hideki Matsuyama things, below.

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