Cabrera succeeds, yet says Augusta 'never easy'
AUGUSTA, Ga. Angel Cabrera could shatter his own record this weekend. Cabrera is the lowest-ranked player ever to win the Masters. He was No. 69 in the Official World Golf Ranking when he won the green jacket in 2009.
Cabrera, 43, now ranks 200 spots lower in the OWGR. He is in contention for a second green jacket after making birdie on four of his final five holes Friday. He shot 69 for a 4-under 140 total.
"For me, Augusta is never easy," Cabrera said. "Never, ever easy. The big difference was that (during) the back nine, I was hitting very well off the tee, leaving my second shots close, and I was able to make some birdies."
He birdied Nos. 13-16, then made birdie on the final hole. Cabrera might claim that Augusta National is "never easy," but he has fared well since his 2009 victory here. Cabrera has made the cut in all three Masters appearances since his victory, finishing no worse than 32nd in that span. He was in second place through 54 holes of the 2011 event, four shots behind Rory McIlroy. He played alongside McIlroy during McIlroy's final-round 80. Cabrera shot 71 that day to finish seventh.
Cabrera finished 16th in his last start before the Masters, at the Shell Houston Open. He won his home country's national championship, the Visa Open de Argentina, late last year on the new PGA Tour Latinoamerica circuit.