Thursday, April 30, 2009

Cabrera targets BMW PGA after Masters Success

Angel Cabrera will attempt to join Seve Ballesteros, Nick Faldo, Bernhard Langer and José Maria Olazábal in the exclusive club of players who have arrived at Wentworth Club and lifted the BMW PGA Championship title just weeks after winning the Masters Tournament. Cabrera won his first Green Jacket after a tense play-off with Americans Kenny Perry and Chad Campbell last month and having secured his second Major Championship title, following his US Open triumph of 2007, the Argentine’s focus turns to winning the BMW PGA Championship for the second time from May 21-24. Ballesteros was the first to win both the Masters Tournament and PGA Championship in the same season when he captured his second Green Jacket in 1983 before winning the first of his two PGA titles the following month. Faldo achieved the double in 1989 while Langer and Olazábal claimed the Masters crown in 1993 and 1994 respectively before returning to Europe to display their winning ways at Wentworth Club. Cabrera has already experienced that winning feeling over the famous West Course having enjoyed the honour of being the first champion under the BMW banner in 2005, and the putter he used on that occasion was wielded with devastating affect at Augusta National. Cabrera’s two shot victory over Ireland’s Paul McGinley in 2005 cemented his love affair with Wentworth Club, following runner-up finishes there in 2001 and 2004 behind Scotland’s Andrew Oldcorn and Scott Drummond respectively. He said: “It was a huge win for me, because after The Open Championship, the BMW PGA Championship is the biggest tournament in Europe. Wentworth is a course I very much like, because I always seem to play well there. I finished second in 2001 and 2004, but to go one better in 2005 felt fantastic. It made me realise that I could win big tournaments.” Of the nine occasions on which Cabrera has reached the weekend of The European Tour’s flagship event, he has finished outside the top 50 just once. More impressively still, the 39 year old has finished in the top ten on no fewer than five occasions.

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