Golf-Out-of-form Cabrera returns to Oakmont a 300-1 outsider

Wed Jun 15, 2016 5:23pm EDT
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OAKMONT, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - Nine years after conquering Tiger Woods and the rest of golf's elite, Argentina's Angel Cabrera returns to Oakmont Country Club as a 300-1 long shot to emulate his 2007 U.S. Open victory.

As the focus this week has been on the likes of Jason Day, Jordan Spieth and Phil Mickelson, Cabrera slipped into town almost unnoticed, like a party guest invited to make up the numbers.

Not that anybody could be blamed for overlooking Cabrera, because his recent form has been absolutely dreadful.

He has only one top-40 finish all year – a tie for 24th at the Masters – while plummeting to 389th in the world rankings.

Cabrera has perhaps never received the widespread credit he deserves for winning two major championships and losing a playoff in another.

Apart from his U.S. Open victory, he clinched the 2009 Masters in a playoff with Kenny Perry and Chad Campbell, and lost the 2013 Masters in a playoff with Adam Scott.

Consistency has never been his strong suit, but it has been a wretched season for the 46-year-old, even by his own up-and-down standards.

The pertinent question is whether Cabrera is now over the hill, or just going through a lull?

"It's already been proved that for some reason I just play better at majors than regular tournaments," the Argentine told reporters, via an interpreter, on championship eve on Wednesday.   Continued...

June 15, 2016; Oakmont, PA, USA; Angel Cabrera addresses the media in a press conference during the practice rounds on Wednesday of the 2016 U.S. Open golf tournament at Oakmont CC. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports