AUGUSTA, GA. – Angel Cabrera looks like an extra in a mobster movie. He walks like he’s trying to stamp out a campfire. His reputation precedes him, and so does his belly.
When he won the U.S. Open at Oakmont in 2007, Cabrera dismissed an entire pampered generation of pro golfers by saying, “Some players use a sports psychologist. I smoke.” When he made it into the final pairing at the 2009 Masters, he said, “Now I don’t need a sports psychologist and I don’t smoke.”
Except, perhaps, for victory cigars. Sunday afternoon, Cabrera hacked and grinned his way through one the most tumultuous final rounds in Masters history, beating Kenny Perry and Chad Campbell in a playoff between pear-shaped guys with idiosyncratic swings.