Former Masters champion released from prison after over two years behind bars

Former Masters and U.S. Open champion Angel Cabrera has been released from prison after spending the last 30 months behind bars.

Cabrera’s ex-wife Silva Rivadero and two of his former girlfriends Cecilia Torres Mana and Micaela Escudero filed charges against the 53-year-old that related to domestic violence. Having already spent four-and-a-half months in a Brazilian jail, he was finally extradited to his home country of Argentina in June 2021.

He was then convicted of assaulting, threatening and harassing ex-partner Torres Mana, in incidents dating between 2016 and 2018. The former Masters champion was sentenced to two years in prison, which began immediately after a verdict was reached.

Throughout the trial, Cabrera denied any wrongdoing but did admit to battling with an alcohol addiction according to the case’s 168-page sentencing document.

Following the 2021 sentencing prosecutor Laura Battistelli told TV station Todo Noticias: “His situation is much more complex than this. He has other charges for which there are arrest warrants too. There are other victims.” In November, Cabrera then returned to court for a second time, where he face assault charges made by Escudero.

The 53-year-old spoke openly about his time behind bars, admitting it had ‘done him good’. He commented: “Many say prison is bad, but it’s not the case, prison has done me good.” Having served his sentence two years later, the Argentinian was released on Friday, after being housed in three different prisons over the course of his 30-month stint.

The ex-PGA Tour star has remained fairly private on the back of his release, with just a one-line statement via his manager, Manuel Tagle to Golf Digest. It read: “I just want to go home, be with my family, and start a new phase of my life.”

Angel Cabrera won the Masters in 2009

Angel Cabrera won the Masters in 2009
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During his playing career, Carbrera won three PGA Tour titles, with the first two coming at two of golf’s major championships. His first saw him claim the 2007 U.S. Open at Oakmount Country Club, where he saw off Tiger Woods and Jim Furyk by a single shot.

Two years later the Argentinian joined one of golf’s most illustrious groups, by becoming Masters champion at Augusta National. This time around Cabrera needed a play-off to get his hands on the famous green jacket, defeating American pair Chad Campbell and Kenny Perry.

In 2013 the 53-year-old then had the chance to win the Masters crown for a second time, but this time found himself on the wrong side of a play-off, losing to eventual champion Adam Scott. His third Tour crown came a year later, where he prevailed at the Greenbrier Classic.


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