ANGEL CABRERA became a lot more popular with many Australian golf fans when he didn’t win the 2013 US Masters.
If Cabrera had beaten Adam Scott in that nail-biting playoff at Augusta National it would have been three major victories versus zero regular tour wins.
Now the 44-year-old Argentine has proven he is not just a one-trick pony and he can win a non-major.
This week Cabrera added the 2014 Greenbrier Classic to his previous US PGA Tour victories, the 2007 US Open and 2009 Masters. That last title was obviously his last win and he didn’t seem like breaking the duck with no top 10 finishes on tour this season.
Cabrera closed Sunday with his second straight 6-under 64 at The Old White TPC in West Virginia for a tournament total of 16-under, two strokes better than runner-up America’s George McNeill, who had been in the clubhouse after his scene stealing 61 for some two hours.
Web Simpson (63) was outright third on 10-under while 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 seven-way tie for fourth at 9 under.
Australia’s best was Robert Allenby (70) who finished tied for 26th on 5-under. Bronson La’Cassie was featuring early before closing with a 3-over 73 to finish on 1-under and T57 while 20 year old Oliver Goss also undid some great work in earlier rounds to fade with a 5-over 75 and finish T68 on 1-over.
The US PGA Tour moves on to the John Deere Classic at TPC Deere Run in Illinois this week before those lucky – or talented enough – board the charters bound for the British Open at Royal Liverpool in England the following week.Greenbrier Classic Leaderboard