Major winner Cabrera sentenced to two years in prison

Argentine golfer Angel Cabrera is pictured before a hearing as part of his trial on charges of domestic violence, in Cordoba, Argentina July 7, 2021. REUTERS/Charly Soto

BUENOS AIRES, July 7 (Reuters) - Argentine golfer Angel Cabrera, a former Masters and the U.S. Open champion, was sentenced to two years in prison on Wednesday after a judge in his homeland found him guilty of domestic violence.

The judge said his sentence would begin immediately in a rehabilitation facility designed for prisoners guilty of crimes related to alcohol and domestic abuse.

Cabrera, who last played professional golf in September 2020, fled to Brazil following accusations made by his former wife Cecilia Torres Mana.

He was arrested at the beginning of the year in Rio de Janeiro before being extradited to Cordoba in June.

The 2007 U.S. Open and 2009 Masters winner faces at least six other charges of domestic violence dating from 2014 and brought by at least one other woman in addition to Torres Mana.

Reporting by Andrew Downie Editing by Toby Davis

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