Much-needed momentum for Cabrera
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va.—Angel Cabrera has some much-needed momentum heading to the British Open in his quest for a title in a third different major.
Cabrera snapped a five-year drought on the PGA Tour and became its oldest winner this season—closing with his second-straight six-under 64 at the Greenbrier Classic to beat George McNeill by two strokes yesterday.
“I had been told by my friends that this was a great place, a great golf course,” Cabrera noted.
One that gave him his first non-major win on the tour, to go along with the 2007 U.S. Open and 2009 Masters.
“After the 2009 Masters victory, I haven’t been too consistent,” Cabrera admitted.
“But I’ve been working very hard of late to get back to where I think I should be.”
With a combination of 330-yard drives, bold iron play, and clutch putts, Cabrera finished with four rounds in the 60s for the first time since the 2010 Deutsche Bank Championship.
“I’ve been confident with my golf swing, and I feel confident mentally,” he remarked.
As for the upcoming British Open, Cabrera said he’s just going to go over there and play.
“It’s a very important tournament and it’s a different tournament, but I’m going to go play.”
Cabrera, who didn’t even have a top-10 finish previously this season, finished at 16-under 264.
He won $1.17 million and improved from 158th to 54th in the FedEx Cup standings.
“I wanted it. I needed to win a tournament,” Cabrera stressed.
“I felt under control today [Sunday] out there and I didn’t want to let it get away from me.”
McNeill, meanwhile, had four-consecutive birdies, then a hole-in-one on the 220-yard 8th hole, during his season-best round of 61.
Afterward, he learned that his older sister, Michele McNeill, had died that morning of breast cancer, Golf Channel reported.
“Golf doesn’t really mean a whole lot,” McNeill told reporters. “So it’s hard.”
Third-round leader Billy Hurley III, playing alongside Cabrera, bogeyed four of the first six holes to fall out of contention.
No third-round leader has hung on to win the Greenbrier Classic in its five-year existence.