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Grading the Greenbrier Classic

By Kyle Porter | Golf Writer

Angel Cabrera won his first non-major on Sunday at Greenbrier. (Getty Images)
Angel Cabrera won his first non-major on Sunday at Greenbrier. (Getty Images)

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Angel Cabrera was in full Angel Cabrera mode on Sunday at the Greenbrier Classic.

The Argentine was flushing irons with the strength of 10 men and doing enough on the greens to scoot to a 64-64 weekend and a two-shot victory over runner-up George McNeill.

The strangest part of all of this is that despite Cabrera's terrific history in major championships -- he has a green jacket and a US Open title -- he's never won a regular event on the PGA Tour.

It's also his first win of any kind on the PGA Tour and European Tour since 2009.

As Justin Ray of Golf Channel pointed out, Cabrera was insanely accurate from the fairways all week:

And he was deadly with the lead, too. After holing out from the 13th fairway (see below) all Cabrera did was get more aggressive with his iron play.

That backfired a bit as he made bogeys at Nos. 14 and 15 but then a birdie at No. 17 sealed the deal.

He seemed to get stronger as the day went on as Brendan Mohler pointed out (this was after Nos. 16-17)

He then hit one to the middle of the green on No. 18 and easily two-putted for the win.

The win came over McNeill who shot a crazy final-round 61 hours after his sister sadly passed away.

Cabrera told CBS' David Feherty through a translator this win has been a long time coming.

It's been quite a month for Cabrera's homeland as Manu Ginobli and the San Antonio Spurs won the NBA Finals on June 15, Messi and the Argentinia National Team advanced to the World Cup semifinals on Saturday, and Cabrera won the Greenbrier Classic on Sunday.

And now he'll go for the third leg of the career grand slam at Hoylake, a course where he finished seventh in 2006.

Here are our grades for the Greenbrier Classic:

PlayerGradeAnalysis
AAngel Cabrera becomes the third non-American to win the Greenbrier Classic in the five-year history of the tournament. Finish: Win
AWebb Simpson a bunch of did Webb Simpson things on Sunday with a final-round 63. It was impressive, but ultimately not nearly enough. Finish: T3
AI see you tying last year's champion (Jonas Blixt), Tom Watson. The Ryder Cup captain only shot one round in the 70s and got a good look at some of the fellas he might be taking to Gleneagles, to boot. Finish: T35
AGutsy showing from Keegan Bradley this week. He didn't shoot a single round in the 60s and even though he didn't have his putter going on Sunday, still shot a solid 66 to sneak inside the top five. Finish: T5
BOne of the things I learned from the Greenbrier Classic this week was that John Smoltz and Bubba Watson both own houses near Greenbrier. Bubba clearly felt at home but couldn't make a move on the weekend shooting back-to-back 69s. Finish: T16
FOne of the very few things Jimmy Walker has done poorly so far this season. He went 70-75 and missed the cut by four strokes.. Finish: CUT

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