He might not put himself into contention very often, but when he does, Angel Cabrera goes down swinging. He has affectionately been given the nickname “El Pato” (translated as “The Duck”) for the manner in which he strolls around the golf course. Don’t let that nickname fool you, however, because Cabrera can be a fierce competitor when he turns on his game.
To get an idea of how streaky he can be, coming into Masters Week, Cabrera was ranked 269th in the world. Most golfers ranked the poorly don’t contend for major championship titles, but Cabrera has two to his name already. He has won the 2007 U.S. Open and the 2009 Masters in addition to losing the 2013 Masters in a playoff.
In 2007, Cabrera’s best finish on the PGA Tour (outside of his U.S. Open victory) was a tie for 19th place. In 2009 he tied for fourth on two occasions in addition to winning the Masters. The 43 year old from Argentina somehow, every now and then, finds his game. The baffling thing is that he goes such long stretches producing few positive results before exploding back onto the scene and reminding us how good he can be.
Even after his solo second place finish at Augusta National, Cabrera is still only ranked 64th in the world this week. “You know, that’s how golf is,” Cabrera said at the conclusion of his round. “I had some issues during the course [of the round], but I came back and that’s how golf is.” He clearly took the loss very well and he exhibited excellent sportsmanship to Adam Scott, after the Aussie captured the victory on the second playoff hole.
It will be interesting to see if “The Duck” goes back into hibernation or if he’s found something in his game that will put him in contention a few more times in 2013.