Forty-one years after Roberto De Vicenzo made the greatest blunder in Masters history, a golfer from Argentina is finally wearing the green jacket symbolic of Masters supremacy.
Angel Cabrera won a three-man sudden-death playoff on Sunday to capture the year's first major title at Augusta National Golf Club, the 39-year-old South American's first victory since his breakthrough major win at the 2007 US Open.
"The US Open got me by surprise," Cabrera said. "This win I'm more prepared. I know more how things happened."
The only other South American to win a major was Cabrera's countryman De Vicenzo, who won the 1967 British Open but signed an incorrect scorecard at the 1968 Masters to hand Bob Goalby a win without a playoff.
"De Vicenzo had bad luck. It's not going to change what happened to him," Cabrera said. "But this win, to take a major back to Argentina, it's going to help a lot."
De Vicenzo and Goalby appeared set for a playoff in 1968 after each firing final-round 66s. But De Vicenzo signed a card showing a par-4 on the 17th rather than a birdie and as a result handed Goalby the victory.
Years later, De Vicenzo handed Cabrera a souvenir for luck at the Masters.
"He gave me a framed picture where he has his hand in a green jacket and he said, 'I hope this gives you luck so someday you can bring back a green jacket for yourself,'" Cabrera said.
There was some luck involved at the 18th in the playoff when Cabrera's tee shot landed behind a tree.
Cabrera's second shot smacked into another tree but bounced into the fairway, where he managed a par to continue in the playoff. - Sapa-AF