Cabrera gets first win since 2009 Masters


WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. – Angel Cabrera finally got the non-major monkey off his back on Sunday.

Though he’d won 51 times worldwide, including two major championships, Cabrera had never before won a non-major PGA Tour event.

That changed with a final-round, 6-under 64 that gave him a two-stroke victory over George McNeill.

After the round, Cabrera was asked about why he decided to make his first start at this event. He responded that other players had told him The Greenbrier was a great place and that he’d really enjoy the course.

Then he offered the biggest reason.

“I needed to play,” he said. “I needed to win.”

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Cabrera did just that – and it took an incredible shot to help get him there.

From the fairway on the par-4 13th hole, his approach shot hit the green and curled right into the cup for an unlikely eagle.

“I realized that,” he said when asked if he knew something special was happening at that moment, “[but] I had to stay focused and keep on playing.”

The victory is Cabrera's first in the United States in more than five years, dating back to his 2009 Masters triumph in a playoff over Chad Campbell and Kenny Perry.

“After the 2009 Masters victory, I haven't been too consistent, but I've been working very hard of late to get back to where I think I should be.”

Cabrera will next head to The Open Championship, where he will try to capture a third leg of the career grand slam.