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Angel Cabrera plays first US tournament after serving prison sentence

Angel Cabrera plays first US tournament after serving prison sentence

MADISON, Wis. — There was little fanfare Friday afternoon for Angel Cabrera as he finished his first round at the American Family Insurance Championship at University Ridge Golf Course in Madison, as he shot 1-over 73 in his first professional round in the United States since September 2020.

Fewer than a hundred fans politely clapped as Cabrera ended his round with a birdie, but the day itself was an important one for the 54-year-old in that it was another step in resuming his golf career following a prison term for gender violence.

“Yes, yes, it’s a new beginning,” Cabrera said via interpreter and caddie Ruben Yorio. “It’s a great future ahead.”

Cabrera was released on Aug. 4, 2023, but did not secure a visa to play in the U.S. until late May. He entered the AmFam and the Dick’s Open, June 21-23, on the strength of his status as a major champion, but it only allowed him a place on the alternate list.

His spot was guaranteed when the tournament offered him a sponsor exemption.

“I’m very thankful for American Family for inviting me,” Cabrera said, via Yorio. “I played with one of the (employees Thursday in the pro-am). I’m very thankful to all the people. Good course, good tournament. I can’t be more thankful to everyone.”

Cabrera, playing alongside Scott McCarron and Scott Dunlap, began the day on the back nine and made the turn at 2-over, balancing two birdies against two bogeys, a double bogey – and some nerves. After a bogey on No. 3 – his 12th hole – he settled in and closed his final seven holes at 2-under.

“I feel good,” Cabrera said, via Yorio. “I like to play golf. I hit some really good shots, I missed some easy shots, but in general I feel pretty good on the course and with the people I played with.”

Cabrera’s formal return Friday to the U.S. concluded a nearly four-year absence from professional golf that began with his arrest in Brazil in January 2021 after leaving Argentina without authorization while under investigation for domestic violence.

A trip to the U.S. in 2020 – when he last played on the PGA Tour Champions – was also unauthorized, which led to the filing of an Interpol warrant for his arrest.

Jailed for six months in Brazil, Cabrera was extradited back to Argentina on charges of assault, theft and legal intimidation of former partner Cecilia Torres Mana. He not only was convicted on those charges, but also on a separate 2022 assault charge on former partner Micaela Escudero as…


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