There certainly wasn't a shortage of emotion and feeling to come out of Augusta National this year—as happens every year when the Masters takes center stage.
From Adam Scott's incredible breakthrough to Tianlang Guan's performance as a 14-year-old amateur, the feel-good stories to come out of Augusta this year were plentiful—none more so than the one involving the family of Angel Cabrera.
Cabrera came to the Masters this year ranked outside the top 250 golfers in the world but knowing what it takes to win at the hallowed course, having won there in 2009. To the shock of everyone watching the famous event, Cabrera began to climb his way up the leaderboard—challenging Australians Jason Day and Adam Scott over the back nine holes for the famous green jacket.
In the end, the Argentinian would lose in a two-hole playoff to Scott, but for Cabrera, the Masters weekend was more than just winning or losing.
It was about getting to go through it all with his family.
Cabrera's son—Angel Cabrera Jr.—was the 43-year-old's caddy for the tournament, thus riding the same highs and lows as whatever his father went through.
When Cabrera soared, his son was there with him. And when he fell agonizingly short of a second Masters title, it was his son that was first to embrace him.
Cabrera's coach, Charlie Epps, said that having his son on the hallowed course with him "gave him a lift like nothing else." That much was evident watching a father and his son enjoy the ups and downs of golf together—like it was simply another day with the family.
Where Scott was nervous, tense and needed his caddy, Steve Williams, to show him where to hit every shot of the playoff, Cabrera was relaxed and smiling.
After all, he was just enjoying time with his son.
Unlike some, Angel Cabrera was a class act in defeat. Played hard, played to win, had fun, and was gracious in defeat.— Jeff Boals (@JeffBoals) April 15, 2013
Despite all the feel-good stories that emerged from Augusta National this year, watching a slightly overweight Argentinian enjoying the game that he loves and the family that he cherishes was by far the greatest moment of them all.
It showed us humanity in whirlwind of pressure that is the Masters and reminded us all that everything in life is done better alongside the ones we love.
It's why Cabrera could leave Augusta this year with his head held high, for he—and his son—were already master winners on the day—regardless of what the scorecard might have said.
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