Friday, May 08, 2009

Cabrera scoops Top Award

Angel Cabrera’s unforgettable Masters Tournament victory, which saw the Argentine collect the second Major Championship of his career, has led him to be named The Race to Dubai European Tour Golfer of the Month for April. The 39 year old from Cordoba, who receives a jeroboam of Moët and Chandon champagne along with an engraved Alms Dish in recognition of his success, was the unanimous choice of the panel which comprised members of the Association of Golf Writers as well as television and radio commentators. The Tour Award - which celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2009 – is now under the sponsorship banner of Leisurecorp, the company whose groundbreaking agreement with The European Tour has created The Race to Dubai, which culminates in the $10 million Dubai World Championship in November. Cabrera’s sudden-death victory over Chad Campbell and Kenny Perry at Augusta National saw him become the first Argentine winner of the Green Jacket and propelled him to third position in The Race to Dubai. Cabrera’s Masterful performance at Augusta made his claim for April’s Race to Dubai European Tour golfer of the Month Award impossible to ignore, but the panel did recognise the many outstanding achievements of The Tour Membership after another successful month on the world’s fairways. Michael Hoey secured his maiden European Tour title with victory at the Estoril Open de Portugal, Scott Strange and Thongchai Jaidee respectively won the Volvo China Open and the Ballantine’s Championship in Korea, Thomas Levet took the Open de España, while Paul Casey won his first PGA Tour event at the Shell Houston Open and Bernhard Langer continued to dominate Seniors golf by securing the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf on the US Champions Tour. Spain’s Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño did not manage a victory in April but notched three successive second place finishes in Portugal, China and Korea, missing out in sudden-death play-offs in two of those three valiant performances. But the outstanding candidate for April was Cabrera, who delighted golf fans around the world with his victory at Augusta National. Cabrera joins Rory McIlroy (January), Geoff Ogilvy (February) and Søren Kjeldsen (March) as a winner of The 2009 Race to Dubai European Tour Golfer of the Month Award. The Race to Dubai European Tour Golfer of the Year will be selected from a panel from the Association of Golf Writers, Radio and Television following the Dubai World Championship at the Earth Course, Jumeirah Golf Estates, from November 19-22, 2009, where the winner of The Race to Dubai will be confirmed.

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