2014 Greenbrier Classic results: Angel Cabrera wins 1st non-major on PGA Tour

Todd Warshaw

El Pato gets a win in West Virginia, where the Argentinian holed-out for eagle on the back nine and posted back-to-back rounds of 64 on the weekend.

Angel Cabrera can finally add a regular old PGA Tour win to his career resume. Cabrera had built a reputation for wandering off the map for much of the regular season, and then always popping back up at majors to compete, contend and win. He's rarely even been a factor or on the first page of the leaderboard during these annual PGA Tour stops, but could always fall back on those Masters and U.S. Open titles.

On Sunday, Cabrera started his final 18 at the Greenbrier Classic playing in the final group but needing to make up a deficit to playing partner Billy Hurley III. The Argentinian did that promptly, and despite a few bumps on the back nine, rolled into the clubhouse for a two-shot win over George McNeill. Much like his majors, this came a little out of nowhere, as his form wasn't exactly steady coming into the week.

Scoring conditions were good on Sunday and Cabrera rolled in three steady birdies on the front nine to go out in 31. But after the turn was where he made his real move and put some distance on the field. El Pato played the first four holes on the back nine in 4-under. The highlight of the stretch, and of his round and his week, came at the 13th, where he holed out for eagle from 175 yards out in the fairway.

It's hard not to love the duck -- he's always high-fiving his playing partners in competition, engaging the fans, and smoothly strolling around the course during what always appears like the most casual endeavor. The fist pump after the hole-out made you think this one was locked up by the 13th hole.

Cabrera would drop shots on back-to-back holes after that eagle, but that only got McNeill within one shot, and he was already helplessly inside the clubhouse. At the gettable par-5 17th, Cabrera ripped a 330-yard-plus drive off the tee and safely got on the green in two for a tap-in birdie. That pushed the margin back to two and sealed Cabrera's first non-major win, built through two buttery weekend rounds of 64.

McNeill's 61 was the round of the day, and it looked like it would be good enough to get him in a playoff. It started with an outward 28 on the front nine, which included a hole-in-one and a five-hole stretch he played in 6-under. The hole-in-one officially put us on #59watch for McNeil. It was at this venue that Stuart Appleby posted his 59 in 2010, but McNeill could not match and "cooled off" for a back-nine 33. The two-time PGA Tour winner was playing under fairly difficult circumstances. His sister is very ill, and McNeill has already backed out of next week's event to go and be with his family. Following the amazing round, he broke down talking to Peter Kostis of CBS about the perspective he had on such a great day of golf given the family concerns on his mind at the moment. He didn't win but it was an impressive day from start to finish for McNeill.

(Update: Jason Sobel of Golf Channel talked to McNeill after the round, and he said that his sister passed away on Sunday. McNeill found out after the round.)

Even though he didn't get the victory, one thing McNeill can take home is a fresh invitation to the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool in two weeks. The top four players not already exempt earn spots for the season's third major, and joining McNeill are Hurley, Chris Stroud and Cameron Tringale. Those four will take home nice six-figure checks and a new date on the schedule overseas in just over a week.

Here are the final results from West Virginia:

Place Player Score Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Total
1 Angel Cabrera -16 68 68 64 64 264
2 George McNeill -14 70 67 68 61 266
3 Webb Simpson -10 71 69 67 63 270
T4 Bud Cauley -9 69 68 70 64 271
T4 Keegan Bradley -9 67 69 69 66 271
T4 Brendon Todd -9 71 67 67 66 271
T4 Chris Stroud -9 66 66 70 69 271
T4 Will Wilcox -9 68 69 65 69 271
T4 Cameron Tringale -9 72 66 64 69 271
T4 Billy Hurley III -9 68 63 67 73 271
T11 Charlie Beljan -8 67 69 71 65 272
T11 Jason Bohn -8 65 72 68 67 272
T11 Steve Marino -8 69 70 66 67 272
T11 Joe Durant -8 65 71 66 70 272
T11 Michael Thompson -8 66 72 64 70 272
T16 Danny Lee -7 65 71 71 66 273
T16 Troy Merritt -7 66 72 68 67 273
T16 Sang-Moon Bae -7 66 74 66 67 273
T16 David Lingmerth -7 67 68 69 69 273
T16 Bubba Watson -7 68 67 69 69 273
T16 Jim Renner -7 65 70 68 70 273
T16 Kevin Chappell -7 67 65 69 72 273
T23 Patrick Cantlay -6 69 68 69 68 274
T23 J.B. Holmes -6 68 68 69 69 274
T23 Bill Haas -6 69 70 65 70 274
T26 Ted Potter, Jr. -5 70 70 68 67 275
T26 Johnson Wagner -5 68 68 71 68 275
T26 Patrick Reed -5 67 69 71 68 275
T26 David Toms -5 69 69 68 69 275
T26 Scott Langley -5 68 71 67 69 275
T26 Robert Allenby -5 67 70 68 70 275
T26 Andrew Loupe -5 69 69 67 70 275
T26 Luke Guthrie -5 67 69 68 71 275
T26 Camilo Villegas -5 68 67 67 73 275
T35 Carl Pettersson -4 71 68 70 67 276
T35 Scott Stallings -4 70 69 70 67 276
T35 Tom Watson -4 71 68 68 69 276
T35 Shawn Stefani -4 73 67 67 69 276
T35 Brice Garnett -4 68 66 72 70 276
T35 Michael Putnam -4 67 72 67 70 276
T35 Jonas Blixt -4 64 73 68 71 276
T35 Kyle Stanley -4 71 68 66 71 276
T35 Davis Love III -4 67 73 65 71 276
T35 Steve Stricker -4 66 68 68 74 276
T45 Chris Kirk -3 65 69 75 68 277
T45 Josh Teater -3 69 69 70 69 277
T45 Patrick Rodgers -3 65 75 68 69 277
T45 Andres Romero -3 72 68 67 70 277
T45 Heath Slocum -3 70 69 68 70 277
T45 Richard Lee -3 71 68 67 71 277
T45 Troy Matteson -3 72 61 71 73 277
T52 Stephen Ames -2 69 68 71 70 278
T52 Kevin Na -2 66 70 71 71 278
T52 Justin Leonard -2 71 67 69 71 278
T52 Charles Howell III -2 67 71 68 72 278
T52 Hudson Swafford -2 72 67 65 74 278
T57 Tyrone van Aswegen -1 67 70 72 70 279
T57 Tim Wilkinson -1 68 71 70 70 279
T57 Jason Gore -1 70 70 69 70 279
T57 Wes Roach -1 69 71 69 70 279
T57 J.J. Henry -1 70 70 69 70 279
T57 Bronson La'Cassie -1 70 66 70 73 279
T57 Trevor Immelman -1 69 70 67 73 279
T64 Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano E 68 71 70 71 280
T64 Andrew Svoboda E 72 68 69 71 280
T64 Brendon de Jonge E 70 69 68 73 280
T64 David Hearn E 68 68 68 76 280
T68 Chad Collins 1 66 73 70 72 281
T68 Matt Bettencourt 1 70 68 68 75 281
T68 Oliver Goss 1 70 68 68 75 281
71 Robert Streb 2 68 72 69 73 282
72 Gary Woodland 3 69 70 69 75 283
T73 Ken Duke 4 72 67 70 75 284
T73 Roberto Castro 4 72 68 69 75 284

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