Graeme McDowell, Angel Cabrera highlight underrated week of golf

By Kyle Porter | Golf Writer

Graeme McDowell shares the French Open title with his parents. (Getty Images)
Graeme McDowell shares the French Open title with his parents. (Getty Images)

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There wasn't much golf watching going on this weekend, what with the World Cup in full swing and that titanic Roger Federer-Novak Djokovic matchup at Wimbledon, but that doesn't mean the golf wasn't great.

A pair of major champions won on the PGA Tour and European Tour and we saw, well, a little bit of everything.

Here's everything you missed.

1. El Pato hits the purest irons: If you were to have a "who hits the prettiest long iron shot in the sport" contest there would be a significant amount of dough laid the Argentine's way. Here's the shot that ultimately carried Angel Cabrera to his first non-major win on the PGA Tour:

2. George McNeill was the big story: Nothing I write can do it justice so I'll let Jason Sobel have the floor.

3. Graeme McDowell is a regular Rafael Nadal: That is, he seems unable to lose the French Open at this point. He came back from eight down to beat Thongchai Jaidee and Kevin Stadler by one. Even he was shocked.

"I'm very surprised," McDowell said. "Midway through my second glass of red wine last night, when I was very disappointed with my back-nine performance on Saturday, I really didn't think I'd be standing here with an opportunity to be in a playoff and with a trophy in my hands."

4. Kevin Stadler missed a 3-foot putt to go to a playoff: Not to take away from McDowell, but yikes! (see 1:15 mark)

To his credit, Stadler totally owned the miss afterwards.

"It was unfortunate on the last, I played a little safe second shot and I felt good over the putt, and just whiffed it unfortunately," he said.

But then this happened.

5. There were two holes-in-one at the Greenbrier Classic on Sunday: It's just the second time all season that two aces have been made in the same tournament and the first time they've come on the same day.

And the second one earned a bunch of people $100.

6. Tom Watson knows no age: Watson finished 35th at the Greenbrier Classic, only had one round above 70, and beat the likes of Kevin Na, Gary Woodland, Brendon de Jonge, Justin Leonard, K.J. Choi and Nick Watney.

Afterward he shrugged it off like it was no big deal. "We went bowling and played croquet yesterday. This is just a relaxing place for us to be. And I've played actually pretty well."

Just your typical Sunday stroll for a 64-year-old.

7. Brendon Todd is going to make the Ryder Cup team: I don't even have a joke. Todd finished in the top 10 again (for the fifth time in his past six events) and he's quietly sneaking up the Ryder Cup points list into automatic qualifying territory.

Maybe he'll be great but the thought of a Patrick Reed-Brendon Todd four-ball group going against McDowell and Rory McIlroy is absolutely terrifying.

8. The Dufners had all the July 4th fun: I posted on it Sunday but Jason and Amanda Dufner didn't sell themselves short on their July 4th outing to the Bahamas.

9. The #icebucket challenge jumped the shark: How do I know? Now we have the kids of tour pros challenging the kids of other tour pros.

10. Five-week stretch of golf is amazing: Here's what the next five weeks look like: Scottish Open, British Open, Canadian Open, Bridgestone and PGA Championship. Yep, that'll get us to football.

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