Angel Cabrera: Unlikely Master; Worthy Champion

John Louie RamosSenior Writer IApril 13, 2009

"First, they ignore you. Second, they laugh at you. Third, they fight you. Finally, you win." - Mahatma Gandhi

Angel Cabrera may not have the aura and prestige of a Tiger Woods, or the charisma and mystique of a Phil Mickelson, but one thing's for sure: this Angel has an angelic stroke.

That kind of angelic stroke, he showed Sunday at the Augusta National.

Cabrera, all throughout his career, was overshadowed by bigger and better names in the golfing world. Still, he never lost hope and never did give up on his dreams.

We all have that special moment when the stars in the skies will align magnificently to perfectly turn the tides to our favor.

Indeed, the stars aligned for Cabrera.

Cabrera, with Lady Luck's help, beat the odds and displayed perhaps the performance of his life in winning the Masters Tournament and taking home the coveted green jacket, and most spectacularly, going home $1,350,000 richer.

In a stunning outcome, Cabrera outlasted Kenny Perry, Chad Campbell, Woods, Mickelson and the 91 other world class golfers en route to winning his second major tournament.

Campbell the 69th ranked player in the world, also become the lowest-ranked player to win the prestigious Masters Tournament.

“A lot of magical things happen. It’s simply the Masters,” Cabrera said through an interpreter.