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Cool Cabrera weaves Masters magic

ARGENTINA'S Angel Cabrera won his second major championship with a nerve-jangling playoff victory at the US Masters on Sunday, becoming the first South American to claim the prized green jacket.

The 2007 US Open champion edged out Americans Kenny Perry and Chad Campbell at Augusta National as he clinched his second PGA Tour title with a par-4 at the second extra hole.

After hitting his approach to 12 feet at the 10th, the 39-year-old Cabrera calmly two-putted before raising his right arm in celebration.

Perry, 48, bidding to become golf's oldest major winner, overshot the green with his approach at the 10th and was unable to save par after chipping back 18 feet past the cup.

Campbell, like Perry seeking his first major triumph, dropped out when he bogeyed the first extra hole after hitting his approach into a bunker at the par-four 18th.

"This moment, and also Oakmont, are the happiest moments of my life," Cabrera said before being helped into his green jacket by 2008 champion Trevor Immelman of South Africa. "It's the dream of any golfer to win the Masters. I'm so emotional I can barely talk.

"When I won the US Open, (compatriot) Roberto De Vicenzo gave me a nice picture and there was a green jacket in it, making me go for it," added Cabrera.

De Vicenzo came close to Masters glory in 1968 only to submit an incorrect scorecard, giving American Bob Goalby a one-shot victory instead of sending the year's first major to a playoff. However, De Vicenzo had already become the first South American to win a major in the 1967 British Open at Hoylake.

On a sun-soaked day at Augusta, Cabrera signed off with a 71 for a 12-under total of 276, finishing level with Campbell (69) and Perry, who appeared to have the title within his grasp before bogeying 17 and 18 for a 71.

Japan's Shingo Katayama (68) birdied two of the last three holes to finish fourth at 10 under, a stroke ahead of twice former champion Phil Mickelson who covered the front nine in a record-equaling 6-under par 30 en route to a 67.

World No. 1 and four-time winner Tiger Woods had to settle for a share of sixth place at 8-under after bogeying the last two holes for a 68.

One of the longest hitters in the game, Cabrera held a share of the third-round lead with Perry and briefly edged a stroke in front by sinking a 3-foot birdie putt at the par-4 third. His progress then stalled with bogeys at the fourth, fifth and 10th before he rallied over the last eight holes.


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