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Golf: Cabrera wins Greenbrier Classic

Published July 7, 2014 2:14 pm

Golf • 44-year-old finishes Greenbrier at 16-under 264.
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White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. • Angel Cabrera no longer has to fret about that streak of disappointments in non-major events on the PGA Tour.

The 44-year-old Argentine won the Greenbrier Classic on Sunday for his first victory in a tournament other than a major, closing with his second straight 6-under 64 for a two-stroke victory over a heavy-hearted George McNeill.

Cabrera, whose only other PGA Tour victories came in the 2007 U.S. 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 and now has another green jacket — that as Greenbrier Classic champion.

Cabrera had no top 10-finishes this season entering the tournament but had everything working Sunday, hammering drives and approaching shots with precision and coming up with clutch putts, especially on the back nine.

"This was a great opportunity," Cabrera said through an interpreter. "I wanted it. I needed to win a tournament. I felt under control today out there, and I didn't want to let it get away from me."

McNeill shot a season-best 61 for his fourth top-10 of the season and first since mid-March. But he'll put golf on hold for a few weeks. Golf Channel reported that his older sister, Michele McNeill, died of cancer Sunday morning and the player was informed after his round was over.

"Golf doesn't really mean a whole lot," McNeill told reporters. "So it's hard."

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.

No third-round leader has hung on to win the Greenbrier Classic in its five-year existence.

McNeill was the clubhouse leader at 14 under well ahead of Cabrera, who still had the back nine to play.

Cabrera overtook McNeill with birdie putts of 17 and 7 feet on the 11th and 12th holes, then gave a fist pump after moving to 17 under by holing a 176-yard 8-iron up the hill for eagle on the par-4 13th, the hardest hole at Old White TPC.

By then his lead was three strokes, but he bogeyed the 14th after his approach shot spun off the front of the green and bogeyed the par-3 15th after hitting into the rough on his tee shot.

Cabrera smashed a 330-yard drive over the lake on the par-4 16th and made par, then drilled a 336-yard drive on the 616-yard 17th and two-putted for birdie. He closed out with par on the par-3 18th. Sunday's scores

Greenbrier Classic

At The Old White TPC

White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.

Purse • $6.5 million

Yardage • 7,287; Par • 70

Final

Angel Cabrera $1,170,000 68-68-64-64—264 -16

George McNeill $702,000 70-67-68-61—266 -14

Webb Simpson $442,000 71-69-67-63—270 -10

Keegan Bradley $227,036 67-69-69-66—271 -9

Bud Cauley $227,036 69-68-70-64—271 -9

Brendon Todd $227,036 71-67-67-66—271 -9

Billy Hurley III $227,036 68-63-67-73—271 -9

Chris Stroud $227,036 66-66-70-69—271 -9

Camrn Tringale $227,036 72-66-64-69—271 -9

Will Wilcox $227,036 68-69-65-69—271 -9

Charlie Beljan $137,800 67-69-71-65—272 -8

Jason Bohn $137,800 65-72-68-67—272 -8

Joe Durant $137,800 65-71-66-70—272 -8

Steve Marino $137,800 69-70-66-67—272 -8

Michael Thmpsn $137,800 66-72-64-70—272 -8

Sang-Moon Bae $91,186 66-74-66-67—273 -7

Danny Lee $91,186 65-71-71-66—273 -7

Troy Merritt $91,186 66-72-68-67—273 -7

Kevin Chappell $91,186 67-65-69-72—273 -7

David Lingmrth $91,186 67-68-69-69—273 -7

Jim Renner $91,186 65-70-68-70—273 -7

Bubba Watson $91,186 68-67-69-69—273 -7

Patrick Cantly $62,400 69-68-69-68—274 -6

Bill Haas $62,400 69-70-65-70—274 -6

J.B. Holmes $62,400 68-68-69-69—274 -6

Ted Potter, Jr. $44,236 70-70-68-67—275 -5

Robert Allenby $44,236 67-70-68-70—275 -5

Luke Guthrie $44,236 67-69-68-71—275 -5

Scott Langley $44,236 68-71-67-69—275 -5

Andrew Loupe $44,236 69-69-67-70—275 -5

Patrick Reed $44,236 67-69-71-68—275 -5

David Toms $44,236 69-69-68-69—275 -5

Camilo Villegas $44,236 68-67-67-73—275 -5

Johnsn Wagner $44,236 68-68-71-68—275 -5

Jonas Blixt $28,698 64-73-68-71—276 -4

Brice Garnett $28,698 68-66-72-70—276 -4

Davis Love III $28,698 67-73-65-71—276 -4

Carl Pettersson $28,698 71-68-70-67—276 -4

Michael Putnam $28,698 67-72-67-70—276 -4

Scott Stallings $28,698 70-69-70-67—276 -4

Kyle Stanley $28,698 71-68-66-71—276 -4

Shawn Stefani $28,698 73-67-67-69—276 -4

Steve Stricker $28,698 66-68-68-74—276 -4

Tom Watson $28,698 71-68-68-69—276 -4

Chris Kirk $18,219 65-69-75-68—277 -3

Richard H. Lee $18,219 71-68-67-71—277 -3

Troy Matteson $18,219 72-61-71-73—277 -3

Patrick Rodgers $18,219 65-75-68-69—277 -3

Andres Romero $18,219 72-68-67-70—277 -3

Heath Slocum $18,219 70-69-68-70—277 -3

Josh Teater $18,219 69-69-70-69—277 -3

Stephen Ames $15,158 69-68-71-70—278 -2

Charles Howll III $15,158 67-71-68-72—278 -2