After being imprisoned for gender violence, Ángel Cabrera returns to play the Republic Open

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Angelo Cabrera, winner of two Majors and reference in Argentine golf, he will play the 117th Open Republic, competition which will take place from Thursday 29 February to Sunday 3 March and which in this edition will debut in the calendar of Ferry Tour to Korn, the preceding tour PGA Tour and it is the direct route to access the elite of world golf.

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It will be held for the twelfth time in Olivos Golf Club, historic route that will mark Cabrera’s return to this prestigious championship organized by Argentine Golf Association (AAG) after being jailed for two years and eight months for cases of gender violence against three former partners.

He had received conditional freedom, after psychological tests that had demonstrated an evolution with respect to the perception of problems related to gender violence, and in December last year he officially competed again at the Abierto del Litoral, in Rosario. Now he will the most important national golf tournament, for which the Americans Brian Campbell and Ricky Castillo and the Chilean Cristóbal Del Solar appear as favourites.

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Ángel Cabrera during one of the trials for gender violence against his former companions.  Photo: AP/Nicolás Aguilera.Ángel Cabrera during one of the trials for gender violence against his former companions. Photo: AP/Nicolás Aguilera.

He VISA Open 2024 156 players and several Argentinians will participate. Among them will be Jorge Fernández Valdés, Augusto Núñez, Nelson Ledesma, Estanislao Goya, Julián Etulain and Fabián Gómez.

In any case, the highlight will be the return of Cabrera, champion of the 2007 US Open, 2009 Augusta Masters and three-time winner of the VISA Open, in 2001, 2002 and 2012. Without a doubt, a very important figure in the national sport, despite the facts in the public domain that have emerged in recent years have seriously damaged its image.

Based on the close link between the AAG and The R&A, A body created in 2004 that regulates golf throughout the world except the United States and Mexico, the Republic Open will continue the tradition of awarding the winner with an exemption to the British Open, which will be held at the Scottish club Royal Troon Golf.

“It’s a great agreement that is still in place and we want it to continue for a long time to come. “It’s a recognition of the great history that this championship has, the alliance that there is with the PGA Tour, with the AAG and what this tournament means on a regional level,” He stood out Mark Lawrie, R&A director for Latin America and the Caribbean.

Mark Lawrie visited the Clarín editorial office for an interview in 2019. Photo: Rafael Mario Quinteros.Mark Lawrie visited the Clarín editorial office for an interview in 2019. Photo: Rafael Mario Quinteros.

“For us it is very important to generate opportunities for our players. The PGA Tour Latin America experience was very productive and “This is a very significant step for the growth of our tournament and for golfers in the region,” summary Miguel Leeson, Executive Director of the AAG.

Furthermore, it is the seventh oldest golf championship in the world and one of the most important in South America, which will distribute one million dollars in prizes as part of the official calendar of the Korn Ferry Tour, a relationship that will extend, at least, until the 2029 season.

Source: Clarin

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