Grading the Greenbrier Classic
Angel Cabrera stole the show from George McNeill on Sunday.
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:
Angel Cabrera leads field in greens in regulation (79.2%) en route to 3rd@PGATOUR win - 1st in a non-major.— Justin Ray (@JustinRayGC) July 6, 2014
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)
Cabrera's last two drives totaled 664 yards.— Brendan Mohler (@BrendanMohlerGW) July 6, 2014
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.
Just spoke with George McNeill. His oldest sister, Michele, passed away from cancer at 11:35 this morning. He found out after his round.— Jason Sobel (@JasonSobelGC) July 6, 2014
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:
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