WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — Angel Cabrera has some much-needed movement streamer to a British Open in his query for a pretension in a third opposite major.
Cabrera snapped a five-year drought on a PGA Tour and became a oldest personality this season, shutting with his second true 6-under 64 during a Greenbrier Classic to kick George McNeill by dual strokes Sunday.
The 44-year-old Cabrera done good on his initial revisit to a ancestral venue in West Virginia that has put many players during palliate with a laid-back sourroundings and towering views that a Argentine pronounced reminded him of his home bar in Cordoba.
“I had been told by my friends that this was a good place, a good golf course,” Cabrera said.
One that gave him his initial non-major win on a tour, to go along with a 2007 U.S. Open and 2009 Masters.
“After a 2009 Masters victory, we haven’t been too consistent,” Cabrera said. “But I’ve been operative unequivocally tough of late to get behind to where we consider we should be.”
With a multiple of 330-yard drives, confidant iron play and purchase putts, Cabrera finished with 4 rounds in a 60s for a initial time given a 2010 Deutsche Bank Championship.
“I’ve been assured with my golf swing, and we feel assured mentally,” Cabrera said. Entering a British Open, “I’m only going to go over there and play, and it’s a unequivocally critical contest and it’s a opposite tournament, though I’m going to go play.”
Cabrera, who didn’t even have a top-10 finish formerly this season, finished during 16-under 264. He won $1.17 million and softened from 158th to 54th in a FedEx Cup standings.
“I wanted it. we indispensable to win a tournament,” Cabrera said. “I felt underneath control currently out there, and we didn’t wish to let it get divided from me.”
McNeill had 4 uninterrupted birdies, afterwards a hole-in-one on a 220-yard 8th hole, during his season-best turn of 61.
Afterward, he schooled that his comparison sister, Michele McNeill, had died Sunday morning of breast cancer, Golf Channel reported.
“Golf doesn’t unequivocally meant a whole lot,” McNeill told reporters. “So it’s hard.”
McNeill was a hall personality during 14 underneath good forward of Cabrera, who still had a behind 9 to play.
Cabrera overtook McNeill with birdie putts of 17 and 7 feet on a 11th and 12th holes, afterwards gave a fist siphon after relocating to 17 underneath with a prominence of his turn — a 176-yard 8-iron adult a mountain on a par-4 13th, a hardest hole during Old White TPC, that staid into a crater for eagle.
Webb Simpson, who had flown home on Friday, schooled on alighting that he done a cut, afterwards rented a automobile and gathering behind to West Virginia, finished third after sharpened 63 Sunday.
Third-round personality Billy Hurley III, personification alongside Cabrera, bogeyed 4 of a initial 6 holes to tumble out of contention. He shot 73 and finished in a seven-way tie for fourth during 9 under.
No third-round personality has hung on to win a Greenbrier Classic in a five-year existence.
Joining Hurley during 9 underneath were Bud Cauley (64), Bradley (66), Brendon Todd (66), Chris Stroud (69), Cameron Tringale (69) and Will Wilcox (69).
The heading 4 players among a tip 12 not already free for a British Open warranted spots in a Jul 17-20 contest during Royal Liverpool. Those spots went to McNeill, Stroud, Tringale and Hurley.
At age 64, U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson shot 69 to finish tied for 35th during 4 under. On a par-5 17th, Watson reached a immature on his second shot from 271 yards out, startling even himself since a organisation forward was still putting.
In that organisation was Cauley, whose final shot of a day was a hole-in-one on a par-3 18th. Watson was one of a initial to honour him. The ace triggered a $100 esteem from a contest to profitable business in a stands.
But Cauley narrowly missed out on a British Open nod, whose subordinate tiebreaker uses a universe ranking. Cauley entered a week during No. 295.
Another mark will be handed out subsequent weekend during a John Deere Classic.