SAO PAULO – Brazilian federal police arrested Argentine golfer Cngel Cabrera on Thursday for extradition to his homeland for allegedly facing multiple felony charges from 2016 to last year, two officials said.
Cabrera went on to win both the Masters and US Open championships in International Red Code List.
Police said in a statement that the arrest was made in a high-class area of Rio de Janeiro, without naming the suspect. It only described him as a 51-year-old Argentine.
Two federal police officers based in Rio separately confirmed to The Associated Press that Cabrera was the man arrested. Both agreed to provide information only if not named as they were not authorized to discuss the subject publicly.
The police statement said the arrest was authorized by the Brazilian top court and that the man would be held in Argentina until his extradition. The statement said that authorities in Argentina have accused the suspect of assault, theft, illegal intimidation and repeated insults of officers.
Argentine media previously reported in January that Cabrera’s ex-wife Silva Rivadero had made two allegations against the golfer. Reports also say that Cecilia Torres, another former partner, claimed that Cabrera punched her, threatened her and attempted to drive her in 2016 with her car.
Cabrera is the most skilled golfer in South America. He won the US Open in Oakmont in 2007 with a shot from Tiger Woods and Jim Furyk. He won the Masters in a playoff in 2009 and lost in a playoff at the Masters to Adam Scott in 2013.
Cabrera has one more PGA Tour win, and his four European Tour victories include its biggest event, the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.
In November last year, he did not play in the Masters due to surgery on his left wrist. Cabrera played five times in August and September on the PGA Tour Champions Circuit for players 50 and older.