2017 Masters: Five Past Winners to Keep an Eye On

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Angel Cabrera — 2009

You might think that Cabrera is too old and too inconsistent to make a serious run at another green jacket, but isn’t that exactly what we said about him four years ago when he lost a playoff to Adam Scott? There’s something about Augusta National that agrees with this Argentine’s game, so don’t forget about him this week.

Cabrera’s Masters moment came in 2009, when he outlasted Kenny Perry and Chad Campbell in an intense playoff to win the second major of his career. He finished that year as the 25th-ranked player in the world, and while his game has slipped significantly since then, his results at Augusta National have not. He’s picked up five top 25s in his last seven trips to the course, including a pair of top 10s.

At 47 years of age, Cabrera would be the oldest player to win a major in decades. Judging by his recent results, that doesn’t seem likely to happen, but he did notch a tie for 34th at last week’s Shell Houston Open — his first top 35 anywhere since the 2016 Masters. If he can run with that momentum, then we just might see some low scores from him this week.

He might be on his last legs as a PGA Tour player, but Cabrera has demonstrated on multiple occasions that age is just a number. Keep an eye on him at this year’s Masters.