WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS —
After an exciting day of golf on the Old White TPC that saw two hole-in-ones and several lead changes, two-time Major champion Angel Cabrera walked away as the 2014 Greenbrier Classic Champion.
“The truth of matter is I just had a great week,” Cabrera said through an interpreter. “I’ve just been working very hard to get to this moment. I’m very, very happy.”
Cabrera, who started two back of 54-hole leader Billy Hurley III, got to 17-under after eagling the par-4 13th which gave him a three-shot lead over McNeill.
Back-to-back bogeys on Nos. 14 and 15 shrunk Cabrera’s lead to one, but the veteran steadied the ship with a birdie at No. 17 to win by two strokes at 16-underpar.
Cabrera, who shot a six-under 64 in the final round, had never won a regular PGA Tour event before Sunday.
The Argentinian has won two Majors — the 2007 U.S. Open and the 2009 Masters.
Billy Hurley III was hoping for his first PGA Tour victory after holding a two-shot lead after 54 holes.
The Navy veteran started with a birdie on No. 1, but three bogeys over the next five holes dropped him from contention.
Hurley finished with a three-over 73 to drop into a tie for fourth at nine-under.
George McNeill had seven birdies and a hole-in-one on the par-3 eighth to finish in second at 14-under par.
McNeill shot a nine-under 61 to vault 17 spots to second.
Webb Simpson finished alone in third at 10-under.
Bud Cauley had Sunday’s other ace and it cost Greenbrier Owner Jim Justice a few dollar bills.
Cauley’s hole-in-one on the 18th meant everyone around the green received $100 cash.
It also propelled the 24-year-old into a seven-way tie for fourth at nine-under with Hurley, Keegan Bradley, Brendon Todd, Chris Stroud, Cameron Tringale and Will Wilcox.
Crowd-favorite and Greenbrier Sporting Club resident Bubba Watson shot a second-straight one-under 69 finishing in a logjam at seven-under par (T-16).
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