IMAGE: Handcuffed US Open and Masters golf champion Angel Cabrera is extradited from Brazil to his native Argentina to face charges of assault, theft and harassment following complaints from his ex-wife and two other women
- Angel Cabrera faces trial in his native Argentina on charges of assault, theft and harassment of partners after being extradited from Brazil
- Two-time Major winner was handed over to Argentine custody on Tuesday
- Handcuffed and wearing a bulletproof vest, Cabrera was led away by the police
- He was arrested in Rio de Janeiro after fleeing last August
- Partner Cecilia Torres Mana accused Cabrera of punching her in the face
- His former wife Silva Rivadero also filed domestic violence complaints
- Cabrera will appear in court on July 1 with other charges under investigation
Argentine golfer Angel Cabrera, a former Masters and US Open champion, has been extradited from Brazil to his home country to face trial on charges of violence against former partners.
The 51-year-old, who had been on the run since August last year, was arrested in Rio de Janeiro early this year and transferred to Argentine custody on Tuesday.
A photo showed Cabrera wearing a helmet and bulletproof vest as he was handcuffed by the police.
Argentine golfer Angel Cabrera is in custody after his extradition from Brazil and will be charged with assault, theft and intimidation of former partners
Argentine golfer Angel Cabrera is being sued by his ex-wife, Silva Rivadero, (pictured right) and another former partner, Cecilia Torres (left)
His partner Cecilia Torres Mana had accused Cabrera of punching her in the face and filed an assault charge in December 2016.
Two other women, including his ex-wife Silva Rivadero, subsequently reported domestic violence against him.
According to a police statement, Cabrera is charged with causing minor injuries, threats and theft that allegedly took place between 2016 and 2020.
He went on the run last August after failing to attend a meeting with prosecutors in Cordoba. Cabrera was subsequently placed on Interpol’s red list.
Cabrera, 51, went on the run after failing to attend a meeting with prosecutors in August
Laura Battistelli, the prosecutor, said Cabrera would face charges in the case she led on July 1, while other allegations are still under investigation.
“He is in jail because the court found that he evaded trial,” she said.
Cabrera rose to prominence in 2007 when he fought off Tiger Woods and Jim Furyk to win the US Open, the first time a South American golfer has won the Major.
He followed that up in 2009 with a win at the Masters in Augusta and repeated that feat nearly four years later, losing in a playoff to Adam Scott.
Cabrera (file photo) is South America’s most accomplished golfer. He won the US Open in Oakmont in 2007 with one shot at Tiger Woods and Jim Furyk
Known as El Pato (Spanish for ‘The Duck’) for his toddling gait, he last played competitively in 2020, finishing his career with 52 tournament wins.
Cabrera has another win on the PGA Tour and his four wins on the European Tour, including the biggest event, the BMW PGA Championship in Wentworth.
He did not play in the Masters when it moved to November last year due to surgery on his left wrist.
Cabrera played five times in August and September on the PGA Tour Champions circuit for the over-50s.