Major Champion Cabrera Sentenced To Two-Year Prison Term

Former Masters and U.S. Open Champion Angel Cabrera won’t be teeing it up for the foreseeable future as he was sentenced to two years in prison on charges of assault against an ex-girlfriend. 

Cabrera was convicted of assaulting, threatening and harassing Cecilia Torres Mana, his partner between 2016 and 2018 by a court in the province of Cordoba, 500 miles Northwest of the Argentine capital Buenos Aires.

Last playing professional golf in September 2020, Cabrera was arrested in January in an upper-class area of Rio de Janeiro by Brazil’s federal police, according to a report from the Associated Press.

His decision to compete in nine events on the PGA Tour Champions in 2020 triggered prosecutors in Cordoba to issue an international arrest warrant as terms of his investigation required the 51-year-old to request permissions from Argentine authorities before traveling to the United States.

Cabrera was extradited to Argentina in June to face charges of assault, theft, illegal intimidation and repeated disrespect to authorities.  

Cabrera’s former wife, Silva Rivadero, filed two charges against the golfer in January, according to the AP report. Another former partner, Cecilia Torres Mana claimed Cabrera punched and threatened her and attempted to run her over with his car in 2016. Micaela Escudero, another former partner, joined the case as well.

The two-year prison sentence is the result only of the Torres Mana charges, which prosecutor Laura Battistelli pointed out following the conviction.

“His situation is much more complex than this, he has other charges for which there are arrest warrants, too. There are other victims,” Battistelli told TV channel Todo Noticias.

Cabrera, who denied in the trial any wrongdoing, will serve his sentence immediately in a rehabilitation facility designed for prisoners guilty of crimes related to alcohol and domestic abuse.

Widely regarded as the most successful golfer to ever come out of South America, Cabrera has has earned just over $12.4 million during his professional career. Aside from his two major championship victories, Cabrera also won the 2014 Greenbrier Classic. 

Among other notable victories are three on the European Tour, including the 2005 BMW PGA Championship, the Tour’s flagship event, and his home open, the 2001 Open de Argentina. He is credited with 47 other wins around the world.