Friday, April 02, 2010

HOUSTON - On Monday, Masters champion Angel Cabrera gave 120 Houston-area golfers a preview of the dinner that Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus will be eating Tuesday night at Augusta National Golf Club. Cabrera previewed the traditional Masters Champions dinner at an intimate charity fundraiser at Shadow Hawk Golf Club.

Cabrera served the exact same meal -- Argentine skirt steak, native salads and Argentine wines -- that he will serve his fellow Masters champions next week, even using the same Miami chiefs to prepare the dinner.

Before the $1,000-a-plate dinner, which raised money for his foundation, Cabrera held a clinic with good friend Andres Romero on the Shadow Hawk driving range. A dinnertime silent auction included a Masters flag signed by Cabrera, which went for $5,000, and a U.S. Open Bethpage flag signed by 2009 champion Lucas Glover and 2002 champion Tiger Woods, which went for $10,000.

"I certainly enjoyed my Masters last year and look forward to defending," Cabrera told the dinner audience. "All you want is an opportunity on the back nine at Augusta, and when I got that, I never doubted I could do it. I just had to hit the shots to make it happen."

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