Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Golf

Angel Cabrera wins Greenbrier Classic

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — Angel Cabrera no longer has to fret about that streak of disappointments in non-major tournaments on the PGA Tour.

The Argentine won the Greenbrier Classic on Sunday for his first victory in a tour event other than a major, closing with his second straight 6-under 64 for a two-stroke victory over heavy-hearted George McNeill.

Cabrera, whose only other tour victories have come 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.

Cabrera — at 44 years, 9 months and 24 days, the oldest tour winner this season — had no top 10-finishes this year entering the tournament. But he had everything working Sunday, hammering drives and approach shots with precision and coming up with clutch putts, especially on the back nine.

"This was a great opportunity," Cabrera said through an interpreter. "I wanted it. I needed to win a tournament. I felt under control (Sunday) 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, and earned a spot in the British Open next week. But he was told after his round that his sister Michele McNeill, the oldest of five McNeill siblings, died of cancer Sunday morning at 47, the Golf Channel reported.

"Golf doesn't really mean a whole lot," McNeill said. "So it's hard."

Asked on the Golf Channel how he was able to shoot 61 knowing Michelle was so ill, George said, "I don't know. … I really don't know."

Third-round leader Billy Hurley III bogeyed four of the first six holes to fall out of contention. He shot 73 and finished 9 under.

European: Graeme McDowell came from eight shots back to retain his French Open title, shooting 4-under 67 in pouring rain to win by one shot at Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines. McDowell made the best of the tough conditions, making five birdies and a bogey for the lowest round of the day to finish at 5-under 279. Third-round leader Kevin Stadler shot 76 to share second place with Thongchai Jaidee (72).

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