Cabrera seals victory in Masters playoff

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Argentina’s Angel Cabrera won his second major title with a nerve-jangling playoff victory at the U.S. Masters on Sunday.

The 2007 U.S. Open champion edged out Americans Kenny Perry and Chad Campbell, clinching the Green Jacket with a par four at the second extra hole.

After hitting his approach to 12 feet, Cabrera calmly two-putted before raising his right arm in celebration.

Perry, 48, bidding to become golf’s oldest major champion, had overshot the green with his second stroke and was unable to save par after chipping back 18 feet past the hole.

Campbell, like Perry seeking his first major triumph, dropped out when he bogeyed the first extra hole, the par-four 18th, after hitting his approach into a bunker.

It was the third playoff at Augusta in the last seven years, and the first involving three men since American Larry Mize edged out Seve Ballesteros and Greg Norman in 1987.

Cabrera (71), Perry (71) and Campbell (69) had finished the regulation 72 holes tied on 12-under 276.

Japan’s Shingo Katayama birdied two of the last three holes for a 68 to finish fourth on 10 under, a stroke in front of twice former champion Phil Mickelson who covered the front nine in a record-equaling six-under-par 30 en route to a 67.

World number one and four-times winner Tiger Woods had to settle for a share of sixth place at eight under after bogeying the last two holes for a 68.

(Editing by Tony Jimenez)

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