Cabrera wins by two at Greenbrier Classic

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 6, 2014, 10:00 pm

Angel Cabrera is a two-time major champion, but one thing was missing from his résumé – a regular PGA Tour win. He changed that on Sunday, taking The Greenbrier Classic by two shots. Here's the lowdown on the final round:

Leaderboard: Angel Cabrera (-16), George McNeill (-14), Webb Simpson (-10), Billy Hurley III (-9), Keegan Bradley (-9), Brendon Todd (-9), Bud Cauley (-9), Cameron Tringale (-9), Will Wilcox (-9), Chris Stroud (-9)

What it means: Coming into this week, Cabrera had more missed cuts (seven) than top 10s (one) worldwide this season. But he was coming off consecutive top-25 finishes at the Travelers and Quicken Loans, and carried the momentum into The Greenbrier. Now, Cabrera will be a name to watch at the upcoming Open Championship.

Round of the day: McNeill nearly pulled off a great comeback with a final-round 61. His round was highlighted by a birdie-birdie-birdie-birdie-ace stretch from Nos. 4-8 that put the two-time winner on 59 watch. But McNeill managed only three birdies on the back nine to post 14 under. It was nearly enough in the end, but Cabrera held on for the win.

Best of the rest: Simpson needed a good week to get back in the mix for a spot on the Ryder Cup team. He currently sits 17th in the standings, but after a final-round 63 and a third-place finish, Simpson will certainly be moving up the rankings this week.

Biggest disappointment: Hurley had the lead for most of the weekend, but he closed with a 73 Sunday to finish T-4. He opened strong with a birdie on No. 1, but he bogeyed four of his next five holes and never saw the lead again. The good news for Hurley is he should have enough world ranking points to get into the Open Championship.

Shot of the day: After birdies at Nos. 11 and 12, Cabrera holed out from 176 yards for eagle at the par-4 13th to build a three-shot lead.

Quote of the day: "It's nice to have a good round." - McNeill, choking up thinking about his older sister, who died Sunday morning from cancer

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Watch: Hahn slam-dunks ace on 11th hole

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 23, 2018, 7:20 pm

There are aces, and there are slam-dunk aces. No question which one this one by James Hahn on the 154-yard 11th hole was.

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Els' nephew Rebula wins Amateur Championship

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 23, 2018, 7:05 pm

Ernie Els is one proud uncle.

His nephew, Jovan Rebula, won the Amateur Championship on Saturday at Royal Aberdeen to become the first South African to capture the title since Bobby Cole in 1966.

Rebula, a junior at Auburn, will join his famous uncle in Carnoustie next month for The Open. He also will get invites to the 2019 Masters and the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.

Rebula defeated Ireland's Robin Dawson, 3 and 2, in the 36-hole final.

"It’s unreal," Rebula said. "It’s really something that is hard to describe. I feel like many have been in this position before but it’s an unreal feeling. It hasn’t sunk in quite yet but hopefully tomorrow morning I can wake up and I will feel a little different."

Rebula received plenty of texts from Els throughout the week, and the encouragement paid off. Rebula opened a 1-up lead after 18 holes, and he extended his advantage by winning the 26th and 27th holes. He was 5 up with six to play before finally closing out Dawson on the 16th hole with an up-and-down from the bunker.

"It’s been a long week and especially today," Rebula said. "I should have finished maybe a couple of holes earlier, but it’s been awesome. A very tiring week. I’m standing here right now and there’s so much adrenaline pumping through me."

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Squirrel gets Rory's round off to a rocky start

By Will GrayJune 23, 2018, 6:42 pm

CROMWELL, Conn. – Rory McIlroy’s third round at the Travelers Championship got off to a peculiar start before he even hit a shot.

McIlroy had just been introduced on the first tee at TPC River Highlands and was ready to unload on his opening drive of the day when a squirrel ran across the tee box a few feet in front of him.

McIlroy stopped his swing and laughed it off, but the squirrel continued to linger for several seconds, criss-crossing from one side of the packed tee box to the other. And while this was no black cat, the pump-fake to start his round didn’t exactly help the Ulsterman.

McIlroy ultimately blocked his drive into the right rough after enduring his brief rodent delay en route to an opening bogey, and amid soft conditions at TPC River Highlands he played his first five holes in 2 over. McIlroy started the day at 7 under, three shots behind leader Brian Harman.

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Kaymer in six-way tie for BMW International lead

By Associated PressJune 23, 2018, 5:29 pm

PULHEIM, Germany - Danish golfer Lucas Bjerregaard shot a 5-under 67 to equal the week's lowest round for a six-way share of the lead after the third round of the BMW International Open on Saturday.

Bjerregaard had eight birdies, a double bogey and a bogey to finish on 5-under 211 - jumping 23 places and joining local favorites Martin Kaymer and Maximilian Kieffer, England's Chris Paisley and Aaron Rai, and Australia's Scott Hend at the top of the leaderboard.

Bjerregaard was fortunate to play before the wind picked up again later in the afternoon.

Full-field scores from the BMW International Open

Kaymer, the 2008 champion, delighted the home supporters with two birdies in his last three holes for a 71.

Finland's Mikko Korhonen and Chile's Nico Geyger were one shot off the lead after rounds of 69 and 73, respectively.

Defending champion Andres Romero equaled the week's best round (67) to be among a large group two shots off the lead going into Sunday, including three-time European Tour winner Andy Sullivan.

Romero is bidding to be the first player to retain the title.