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Greenbrier Classic

Cabrera lands first non-major PGA Tour win

Boost for Argentinian ahead of British Open; tragedy hits McNeill with sister's death

PUBLISHED : Monday, 07 July, 2014, 10:44pm
UPDATED : Monday, 07 July, 2014, 10:47pm
 

It took Angel Cabrera 159 attempts to win a regular PGA Tour event but he broke through in style with a two-stroke victory at The Greenbrier Classic in West Virginia.

The long-hitting Argentine played like the two-time major champion he is, closing with a six-under-par 64 on Greenbrier's Old White course in White Sulphur Springs.

Boosted by an eagle at the par-four 13th, where he holed out from 175 yards, Cabrera finished on 16-under 264 to claim his first non-major PGA Tour title.

I needed to win a tournament. I felt under control and I didn't want to let it get away from me. I've been confident with my golf swing and now I feel confident mentally
Angel Cabrera

"I'm very happy the work we've been doing the last few weeks paid off," the 44-year-old said, adding that the win was a huge boost ahead of this month's British Open at Hoylake.

"I needed to win a tournament. I felt under control and I didn't want to let it get away from me. I've been confident with my golf swing and now I feel confident mentally."

American George McNeill made a hole-in-one en route to a brilliant 61 to claim second on 14-under but his golf was understandably put into context by the news his sister Michelle had died of cancer on Sunday morning.

There was a further four-stroke gap to 2012 US Open champion Webb Simpson, while third round leader Billy Hurley faded with a 73 to tie for fourth on nine-under.

Hurley received consolation in the form of a berth in the British Open along with fellow Americans McNeill, Chris Stroud and Cameron Tringale.

American Bud Cauley also had a hole-in-one at the 18th to finish equal fourth.

Cabrera collected US$1.17 million for what was technically his third PGA Tour victory - his previous wins both coming in majors, at the 2007 US Open and 2009 Masters.

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