The big-game hunter can also win mid-level PGA Tour events, as two-time major champion Angel Cabrera showed Sunday in adding the Greenbrier Classic to his résumé.
Cabrera, whose only wins in the States had come at the 2007 U.S. Open and 2009 Masters, held off a hard-changing (and emotional) George McNeill to win by two shots. The victory, the 52nd of his pro career, moved the big Argentine from No. 90 to No. 56 in the latest world rankings, released Monday. Prior to last week, he didn’t have a top 10 on the PGA Tour this season.
Also making a big move was McNeill, who jumped from 124th to 81st in the world. He ended last year at No. 275 in the world rankings, but he has enjoyed a solid season with four top 10s and nearly $2 million in earnings.
Graeme McDowell was a surprise winner at the French Open, after Kevin Stadler’s final-round troubles, and the victory moved the Northern Irishman from No. 20 to No. 17. Stadler, meanwhile, jumped nine spots, from No. 62 to No. 53.
Tiger Woods, who did not play last week, dropped another two spots in the OWGR, from No. 5 to No. 7. He will tee it up next week at the Open Championship.
Here is the rest of the top 10 heading into this week’s tournaments: world No. 1 Adam Scott, Henrik Stenson, Bubba Watson, Matt Kuchar, Jason Day (from No. 6), Justin Rose (from No. 8), Woods, Rory McIlroy (from No. 7), Sergio Garcia and Jordan Spieth.