Angel Cabrera triumphed at The Greenbrier Classic off the back of a fine final day performance at The Old White TPC.
Cabrera, prior to this tournament, had never won a competition on the PGA Tour that wasn’t a major, and this was his first victory of any sort since his 2009 US Masters win.
It was achieved in style too, as he elevated himself to the top of the leaderboard and ended up two shots clear of his nearest challenger, George McNeill.
Last round 64
The Argentine was in superb form for the entirety of the weekend, shooting a pair of six-under-par rounds of 64 to get to 16-under for the week.
His success owed largely to his mammoth driving, which also maintained its accuracy throughout. It's been known to go missing on occasion.
Cabrera normally finds his best form in the big events, having two major titles to his name, but he managed to muster up his optimum performance levels over the 72 holes in West Virginia. He never failed to shoot an under par score over the course of the tournament, and his final day display was the best of the bunch.
Birdies & an Eagle
Knowing he needed to find a good performance to win the competition, he was able to handle the pressure - making six birdies and an eagle in his closing 18 holes.
His front-nine made him the front-runner, as he made shots at the third, fifth and the seventh and he further established his commanding place with birdies on 11 and 12 and a wonderfully crafted eagle on 13.
His position at this point should really have been infallible, but poor wedge shots at 14 and 15 gave McNeill, who was waiting nervously in the clubhouse in second place, hope.
However, it was short lived as Cabrera steadied and once again could rely on a huge drive on the par five 17th to set up a birdie, to provide him with breathing space heading down the 18th, which he was able to successfully negate with a par score of four.
Hole in one
That those mistakes could have had some impact, owed much to McNeill’s brilliance. The American was not one of the highest-profile stars, but his nine-under round of 61, which included a hole in one, will give him confidence that his third PGA tour win is not too far away.
The rest of the field were a distance behind. Webb Simpson was only other player within six shots, in third, whilst there was a huge tie for fourth place on nine-under par.
Nobody could steal the limelight from Cabrera, though, as he grabbed a victory which will fill him with confidence ahead of the British Open – which starts this month - where he will be hoping to secure his third major success.
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