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Argentine golfer Angel “Pato” Cabrera (C) stands next to his lawyer Carlos Hairabedian, before a hearing as part of his trial for “gender violence and theft” in Cordoba, Argentina on July 7, 2021. (Photo : DIEGO LIMA/AFP via Getty Images)
Two-time major winner Angel Cabrera won’t be appearing in golf tournaments anytime soon after he was sentenced on Wednesday in Argentina to two years in prison on charges that he assaulted his former partner.
The former Masters and US Open champion was convicted in the province of Cordoba for threatening, harassing, and assaulting his partner Cecilia Torres Mana between 2016 and 2018. The 51-year-old was adamant that he did nothing wrong and denied all charges in his trial. However, the ruling went against him, with Cabrera serving his sentence immediately after the verdict was announced.
Three women filed charges against Cabrera
According to reports, Torres Mana was not the only one who filed charges against Cabrera. His former wife, Silva Rivero, and former partner Micaela Escudero also filed complaints against the Argentine golf star, accusing him of “beatings and threats.”
Cabrera had been on the run from police since then, but he was finally arrested in Rio de Janeiro back in January on charges of theft, illegal intimidation, assault, and repeated disrespect to authorities. Cabrera had long been placed on Interpol’s “red code” list, a tool used by authorities to find the location and arrest a person wanted by an international tribunal or a legal jurisdiction, which will lead to their extradition.
Prosecutor Laura Battistelli stated to TV station Todo Noticias after the guilty verdict was announced, saying, “He has other charges for which there are arrest warrants too. There are other victims.”
Battistelli is referring to Rivadero and Escudero, Cabrera’s former partners. Rivadero has reportedly filed two charges against Cabrera, while Escudero claimed the pro golfer had punched her, threatened her, and attempted to run her over with a car in the past.
Cabrera’s career and reputation now in tatters
It is a stunning fall from grace for Cabrera, who is widely considered to be Argentina’s greatest golfing champion. He captured the imagination of golf fans everywhere with his stunning triumph at Oakmont in the 2007 U.S. Open, prevailing by one shot over 15-time major winner Tiger Woods and former U.S. Open champion Jim Furyk.
He doubled his major tally four years later at Augusta, winning the coveted green jacket in the 2009 Masters, outlasting Kenny Perry and Chad Campbell in a memorable playoff showdown. Cabrera nearly won his third major title at the Masters in 2013 but lost to Australian Adam Scott in a playoff.
Cabrera, credited with 52 official global wins and four Presidents Cup appearances, made nine appearances on the PGA Champions Tour last year, with his last outing coming in September at the Pure Insurance Championship.
However, Cabrera made those visits to the United States without asking for permission from Argentine authorities, as was requested and required due to the ongoing investigation. Those trips forced prosecutors in Cordoba to issue an international arrest warrant for Cabrera, leading to his capture earlier this year.
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