- Title: ARGENTINA: GOLF - Argentines react to Angel Cabrera's U.S. Open golf victory
- Date: 19th June 2007
- Summary: BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA (JUNE 17, 2007) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF ARGENTINES PLAYING GOLF VARIOUS OF INTERIOR OF CLUB HOUSE VARIOUS OF ARGENTINE GOLFERS WATCHING TOURNAMENT ON TELEVISION SET INSIDE CLUB HOUSE TELEVISION SET DISPLAYING GAME VARIOUS MORE OF GOLFERS WATCHING TOURNAMENT AND OF TELEVISION SET DISPLAYING GAME (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) UNIDENTIFIED GOLFER SAYING: "In a tournament like this ... the truth is he played very well and he won in a deserving way and I think it is going to be a positive influence for the sport of golf." (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) ANOTHER UNIDENTIFIED GOLFER SAYING: "It has been a long time with him getting very close to winning and he was seen with players like Tiger Woods and (Jim) Furyk and it is an incredible moment. He played very well." VARIOUS MORE OF GOLFERS WATCHING GAME ON TELEVISION SET AND OF TELEVISION SET DISPLAYING GAME
- Embargoed: 4th July 2007 13:00
- Location: Argentina
- Country: Argentina
- Topics: Sports
- Reuters ID: LVA5TWM1ZU9P4HQJQIR4CZZO5LC6
- Story Text: Argentines react to PGA victory by Argentine golfer Angel Cabrera saying his victory will be a positive influence for the sport.
Argentine golfers in Buenos Aires sat in the clubhouse on Sunday (June 17) and watched as their compatriot, Angel Cabrera, won his first major golf championship.
Cabrera held off world number one Tiger Woods and number three Jim Furyk at the Oakmont course to win by one stroke. He became the second Argentine to win a major following Roberto de Vicenzo's victory over Jack Nicklaus 40 years ago in the British Open at Hoylake.
Clustered around the television set, the golfers in Buenos Aires were full of praise for Cabrera.
"In a tournament like this ... the truth is he played very well and he won in a deserving way and I think it is going to be a positive influence for the sport of golf," said one golfer.
"It has been a long time with him getting very close to winning and he was seen with players like Tiger Woods and (Jim) Furyk and it is an incredible moment," said another golfer. "He played very well."
The stockily built Cabrera came from humble origins, taking up work as a caddie at Cordoba Golf Club at the age of 10.
Encouraging Cabrera was Argentine player Eduardo Romero, who helped back him before he finally qualified for the European Tour after four attempts in 1995. He captured the Tour's flagship event, the PGA Championship, at Wentworth in 2005.
Cabrera had six previous top 10 finishes in majors, tying for fourth at the 1999 British Open, tying for eighth last year at the Masters and tying for seventh at the 2001 U.S. Open.
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