AUGUSTA, GA. (AP) - Angel Cabrera usually comes up big in these situations.
He did again.
It just wasn’t enough to win his second green jacket.
Cabrera just missed a chip-in from off the front of the green at the first extra hole _ letting out an “Ohhhhh!” as it slid by the edge _ and his 15-footer on the second playoff hole stopped right next to the cup. He flipped his putter in the air and caught it, then tapped in for par.
At that point, all he could do was watch as Scott made his birdie to become the first Aussie to win the Masters.
The 43-year-old Cabrera missed a chance at becoming the second-oldest Masters winner, behind only Jack Nicklaus in 1986.
Still, it was a remarkable accomplishment for a golfer who came in ranked No. 269 in the world, and never seems to play winning golf unless he’s in the biggest tournaments of all.
“I like the challenges,” Cabrera said through an interpreter. “These tournaments are very, very important for me. So sometimes they bring my best out of me.”
Indeed, they do.
Before this Masters, his last win on the PGA or Europeans tours came at the 2009 Masters, where he defeated Chad Campbell and Kenny Perry in a playoff. And before that was The 2007 U.S. Open at Oakmont, where Cabrera outdueled Jim Furyk down the stretch.
The big guy almost did it again _ with his son on the bag, no less _ which would have put him a pretty exclusive club as a three-time major champion.
“The only thing in my head,” Cabrera said, “was winning.”
Playing in the final group with Brandt Snedeker, Cabrera was by far the most solid player among the leaders as a steadily increasing rain didn’t bother a player nicknamed “El Pato” _ The Duck. He cruised through the front side with two birdies and seven pars, making the turn with a two-stroke lead.
But an errant drive into the pine trees at No. 10 was the first big miscue, leading to a bogey. The shot he would really like to have back came at the par-5 13th, where he drove into the pine straw on top of the hill but still decided to go for the green, 203 yards away.