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Ángel Cabrera's Masters Welcome Amidst Domestic Abuse Conviction Sparks Controversy

19 January 2024
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Ángel Cabrera's Masters Welcome Amidst Domestic Abuse Conviction Sparks Controversy

Masters Meltdown

Fred Ridley, the chairman of Augusta National, has stirred controversy by affirming Ángel Cabrera's eligibility and welcome at the upcoming Masters tournament. This decision comes in light of Cabrera's recent completion of a 30-month prison sentence for domestic abuse against two former girlfriends.

Despite Cabrera's past legal troubles, Ridley stands firm on allowing the 2009 champion to participate in the prestigious event. Cabrera, eligible due to his previous Green Jacket win, is currently facing an additional hurdle the lack of an in-date visa preventing him from entering the United States. The 54-year-old Argentinian, determined to resolve this issue, expressed his dream of returning to Augusta in an interview with Golf Digest.

"It is my dream to return to that prestigious place," Cabrera stated. "I played at Augusta for almost 20 years in a row. It is like a second home to me. It would be a great privilege to attend the champions dinner with so many of the world’s greatest players."

Ridley acknowledges Cabrera's status as one of the great champions but emphasizes the ongoing legal issues. "As we all know, he has been unable to participate in the Masters the last couple of years due to legal issues," Ridley said. "We certainly wish him the best of luck, and we'll definitely welcome him back if he's able to straighten out those legal issues."

This unexpected approach by Ridley surprises many, especially considering Cabrera's arrest in Brazil in 2021 and his admission of guilt in a Golf Digest interview. Cabrera admitted to serious mistakes, expressing repentance and embarrassment for his actions, which included throwing a cellphone at his partner's head.

Cabrera, who also secured the 2007 US Open, won the Masters in 2009 after an Augusta playoff against Kenny Perry and Chad Campbell. Despite his troubled past, he speaks of plans to kickstart his golf career on the Champions Tour, emphasizing the importance of golf in his life.

While Ridley's decision to welcome Cabrera back into the Masters fold is unexpected, the golf community awaits the resolution of Cabrera's legal and visa issues, acknowledging the complexities surrounding this controversial return to the prestigious tournament.

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