GolfMonday, July 7, 2014
Ángel Cabrera takes PGA Greenbrier Classic
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — Ángel Cabrera won the Greenbrier Classic yesterday for his first non-major victory on the PGA Tour, closing with his second straight 6-under 64 for a two-stroke victory over George McNeill.
Cabrera, the 44-year-old Argentine whose only other PGA Tour victories came in the 2007 US Open and 2009 Masters, built a three-shot lead before making things interesting with a pair of late bogeys. He finished at 16-under 264.
McNeill shot a season-best 61 for his fourth top-10 of the season and first since mid-March. Webb Simpson had a 63 to finish third at 10 under.
Third-round leader Billy Hurley III bogeyed four of the first six holes to fall out of contention. He shot 73 and finished in a seven-way tie for fourth at 9 under.
McNeill was the clubhouse leader at 14 under well ahead of Cabrera, who still had the back nine to play.
Cabrera had no top 10-finishes this season entering the tournament, but had everything working yesterday, hammering drives and approach shots with precision and coming up with clutch putts, especially on the back nine.
Cabrera won US$1.2 million and is projected to improve from 158th to 54th in the FedEx Cup standings. McNeill would move from 60th to 29th.
FRENCH OPEN. Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell made the best of tough conditions to retain his French Open title by firing a 4-under 67 to win by a stroke yesterday.
Herald staff with AP