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Tee it up under pressure

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Angel Cabrera was nervous. The 37-year-old Argentine was playing at Oakmont Country Club in western Pennsylvania, one of the hardest golf courses in the world, in last year’s U.S. Open.

But you never would have known it from his demeanor. Late in the final round, as he made his move with a monster tee shot on the 12th hole while the leaders self-destructed, Cabrera sauntered off the tee, twirling his driver.

The sight of it thrilled fans and nonplussed opponents. Grinning and happy—no pressure, he seemed to say—the journeyman pro nicknamed El Pato, “The Duck,” became the first Argentine in 40 years to win a major. He went home to a hero’s welcome.

It’s a cliché but still true: Never let ’em see you sweat.

—Adapted from “Bravo!,” John Garrity, USGA: The Championship Year 2007, www.usga.org.

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