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 approach shots with precision and coming up with clutch putts, especially on the back nine.
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“I wanted it,” Cabrera said through an interpreter. “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 said. “So it’s hard.”
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 tie for fourth at 9 under.
Cabrera won $1.17 million and is projected to improve from 158th to 54th in the FedEx Cup standings. McNeill would move from 60th to 29th.
Kyle Stanley (71) of Gig Harbor and Michael Putnam (70) of University Place tied for 35th at 4 under and former UW Husky Richard H. Lee (71) was tied for 45th at 3 under.
• Graeme McDowell rallied to successfully defend his French Open title, overcoming an eight-stroke deficit in rainy conditions for a one-shot victory in Saint-Quentin-En-Yyelines.
McDowell, from Northern Ireland, closed with a 4-under 67 to finish at 5-under 279. American Kevin Stadler, the leader after each of the first three rounds, finished with a 76 to tie for second with Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee (72).
• South Korea’s I.K. Kim won the Ladies European Masters in Lenham, England, closing with a 3-under 68 for a five-stroke victory in the final event before the Women’s British Open. Kim had an 18-under 270 total.