Dramatic scenes as golf icon extradited to face shocking charges

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Angel Cabrera, pictured here being extradited from Brazil to Argentina.
Angel Cabrera was extradited from Brazil to Argentina. Image: Getty/Reuters

Dramatic images have emerged of golf champion Angel Cabrera being extradited to his native Argentina to face domestic violence charges.

The two-time major winner was extradited from Brazil earlier this week to face trial on charges he assaulted three former partners.

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The 51-year-old has been in Brazilian jail since January after he was arrested on an Interpol warrant following months on the run.

His lawyer told Reuters on Wednesday that his trial will begin on July 1 and acknowledged other accusations could see him remain in jail for months.

"After these charges he’ll remain detained to face other charges that are going to come to trial,” said Laura Battistelli, the prosecutor in charge of the case.

However his lawyer claimed that evidence in the case was "insufficient".

The 2007 US Open and 2009 Masters champion faces at least six charges of domestic violence dating back to 2014.

He had spent months on the run from an Argentine case involving assault claims filed by former girlfriend, Cecilia Torres Mana.

Her case was unified with those of his former wife Silva Rivadero and former partner Micaela Escudero.

The women accuse Cabrera of assault, intimidation and causing injuries.

"They are not crimes with serious penalties, but Cabrera should not only be looking at what is going to happen in this trial,” Battistelli said. 

"The problem is that he has complaints waiting... for the same issue.”

Angel Cabrera, pictured here at the 2018 Masters Tournament.
Angel Cabrera in action at the 2018 Masters Tournament. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

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In a recent interview, Torres Mana said Cabrera was controlling.

"We have to stop him so he leaves us at peace," she said.

"He thinks you are his for the rest of your life and that you have to take the attacks and constant humiliation."

One of the most accomplished golfers from South America, Cabrera won the US Open at Oakmont in 2007 by one shot over Tiger Woods and Jim Furyk.

He won the Masters in a playoff in 2009 and lost in a playoff at the Masters in 2013 to Australian Adam Scott.

He won over $12 million in prize money throughout his career and has a reported net worth of $15 million.

Argentinian television networks on Tuesday showed Cabrera being handed over to local authorities in the border city of Puerto Iguazu.

He was then transferred 1200km south to a local jail in Cordoba pending a trial.

Known as El Pato (the duck), Cabrera last participated in a professional tournament in September 2020.

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