GULLANE, Scotland – Angel Cabrera is a statistical and competitive anomaly. At 43, the Argentine has two career PGA Tour victories, both of those triumphs just happen to be majors.
If Cabrera, who is tied for sixth place at 1 under after spending much of the day at the Open Championship atop the leaderboard, were to make the 142nd Open his third tilt he would become just the fourth player to win three different majors since 1980, joining the likes of Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson and Tiger Woods.
Not bad for a “street kid,” as his long-time swing coach Charlie Epps figured on Friday as his man was finishing his second-round 72.
“He knows he can play with all the other players,” Epps said. “He knows how good he can be when it’s hard.”
Earlier this year Cabrera nearly added another major to his record, losing a playoff to Adam Scott, and came within a stroke of joining the playoff at the 1999 Open, which only added to his major player persona.
“When golf courses are tough that brings out the best in me,” Cabrera said through an interpreter.