Cabrera plans PGA Tour comeback after release from prison

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Former Masters champion Angel Cabrera is gearing up for a possible return to the PGA Tour Champions.

The two-time major winner from Argentina was released from prison in August after serving a 30-month sentence for gender violence against two of his ex-girlfriends.

Cabrera’s last competitive round was in 2020 at the Champions Tour’s Pure Insurance Open and he plans to revive his seniors career.

“He wants to play, he’s learned his lesson, he wants to get on with his life. I think he’s in a great frame of mind for what he’s been through,” Cabrera’s friend Charlie Epps told Golfweek. “He’s got to go through the mechanics of getting his Visa back and then approach the PGA Tour, and I think it’s going to end up being good.

“The way Angel plays on hard courses, I think he can still win the U.S. Senior Open,” Epps said. “I want him to be the comeback player of the year.”

The 54-year-old spent more than two years behind bars after being arrested in January 2021 by Brazilian federal police and he was sentenced to two years in prison that July.

Following that case, Cabrera went to prison for similar charges against ex-girlfriend Micaela Escudero in November last year.

Cabrera pleaded guilty and the court issued concurrent sentences for his previous charges resulting in a sentence of three years and ten months, although he served just over two years before being released on parole.

He must apply for reinstatement to the PGA Tour Championship who have allegedly suspended him while he must also contact Augusta National to see if they will honour his lifetime invitation and allow him to play in the tournament next year, having won a green jacket in 2009.

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