Angel Cabrera is another one of those Presidents Cup veterans, a mainstay on the International team since 2005. El Pato is the only representative from South America and Spanish-speaking player this year, the club dominated by the usual crop of Aussies and South Africans. But while he does not share the same background and can be mercurial at times, he's one of the International leaders and commands the respect of the less seasoned and younger players -- Adam Scott said as much after he edged him out for the playoff win at Augusta this year. Scott praised the influence of Cabrera and the encouragement at past Presidents Cups as one of the reasons why the talented Aussie found his game again to contend at majors.
This was a bit of a rejuvenation year for Cabrera, who tends to only show up at the majors when it matters most but had not been much of a factor -- anywhere -- in a couple years. More than any other player in the world, he has the ability to flame out one week and then instantly turn it around to beat out the best fields in the world the next. El Pato was the Sunday favorite at The Masters until Adam Scott started rolling things in from everywhere, and then it looked like he would be in it down the stretch at The Open but settled for a T11. He completely blew up at the PGA and withdrew, citing an injury, and then middled his way through the first three legs of the FedExCup.
So it's safe to say he doesn't exactly come to Muirfield Village on a hot streak, but with El Pato, that can change quickly. After missing out on the Presidents Cup in 2011, Cabrera returns this year and will be a team leader. He's absolutely one of the few International players whom Nick Price can throw out there against some of the top American stars -- Tiger or Phil -- and there won't be the slightest bit of nerves. The Duck won't be intimidated. He may flame out and simply be jumping on a grenade for the International team or he may go toe-to-toe with Tiger, but either way, he has a ton of value for the underdog side.
World Ranking: 51
Qualified: Automatic spot No. 10 of 10
Presidents Cup Match Play Record: 4-6-3 (2005, 2007, 2009)