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Cabrera takes Greenbrier Classic title

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A Billy Hurley III victory at the Greenbrier Classic on Independence Day weekend would have been a good story. Hurley graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and served his country for five years, including a two-year term of active duty in the Persian Gulf.

A George McNeill victory at the Greenbrier Classic would also have been a good story. McNeill is one of those career Tour grinders with a few tournament titles to his credit. He had a five-hole stretch on Day 4 that included four birdies and a hole-in-one. McNeill signed for 61 on Sunday but could only watch as El Pato Albiceleste took control of the fifth playing of the tournament with an eagle of his own.

Angel Cabrera shot a 6-under on Sunday to finish the tournament at 16-under and come away with a two-shot victory against McNeill to win the Greenbrier Classic.

For those of you who don’t know Spanish, El Pato (the duck) is the nickname that Cabrera wears as he does most attitudes: with a slightly curled, slightly suspicious frown. Albiceleste is the powdery, sky blue of the Argentine national soccer team, currently scheduled to play a World Cup semifinal match against the Netherlands this Wednesday. If Cabrera’s performance in West Virginia this weekend is a portent of things to come, Lionel Messi and his futbol teammates must be smiling.

Knowing that McNeill had taken the clubhouse lead with his marvelous 9-under par final round, Cabrera tied the Floridian on No. 11 with a mid-length birdie effort, then took the outright lead on the next hole with another birdie. After the hole-out on No. 13, the lead was up to three, but a two-hole hiccup nearly brought Cabrera back to the field. Errant shots into the green on Nos. 14 and 15 led to consecutive bogies that trimmed the two-time major champion’s lead to a single stroke. With everything to lose, Cabrera played two excellent shots onto the green of the par-five No. 17 hole, then calmly two-putted from 40 feet to increase his lead to two with one hole remaining.

After opening with 68s on Thursday and Friday, Cabrera engaged a faster gear and closed with 64s on Saturday and Sunday. After Saturday’s round, Cabrera discussed a few of the elements that elevated his play~

Putting: “Yes, I was able to get the speed of the greens and that was the big difference.”

An up-and-down on No. 14: “Yes, it was very, very important because I had just bogeyed 13 and to save par there was really very important.”

The chance to hit driver: “It’s a course that allows me to use my driver a lot.  I’m hitting my driver right now very well.”

The parallel narrative of Cabrera and the Argentine national team: “I need to play well and they need the title, so we both have to play well.”

Well, perhaps there’s no extended parallel narrative, but Cabrera certainly played well on the PGA Tour. Beyond McNeill, who jumped up 17 spots with his final round, only Webb Simpson (63) had a lower fourth round than Cabrera. Simpson’s seven-birdie, zero-bogey effort moved him from a top-50 finish to solo third place and certainly freshened his enthusiasm for the upcoming British Open and U.S. PGA Championships.

Among the other third-round leaders, Hurley’s painful, 3-over 73 dropped him to a fourth-place tie. Kevin Chappell, another young stalwart in search of a maiden Tour victory, closed with a 72 and dropped from third to 16th place.

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Ronald Montesano writes for GolfWRX.com from western New York. He dabbles in coaching golf and teaching Spanish, in addition to scribbling columns on all aspects of golf, from apparel to architecture, from equipment to travel. Follow Ronald on Twitter at @buffalogolfer.

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  1. Ronald Montesano

    Jul 7, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    don’t hold back, ever. best way to love the game.

    Thanks, B.

  2. B

    Jul 7, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    Congrats, Señor Cabrera!

    Man does he swing hard! He blasts that thing

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Keegan Bradley Puts Srixon Z-Forged Blades in the bag

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This week at the BMW Championship, Srixon staff member Keegan Bradley switched irons from the cult classic Z745 to the company’s current Z-Forged blade irons.

For most players, an iron change is not something you would do during the playoffs, but when talking to the team at Srixon, Keegan had been trying to replace his set for a little while. The Z745s were getting on in years and with recent swing changes, he was also looking for more consistent numbers and distance control. That’s an impressive request from one of the top-50 ballstrikers on tour

Let’s take a quick look at his stats

  • 12th in Proximity to Hole with an average distance of 34.2″
  • 16th in Strokes Gained Approach with .642
  • 38th in Greens in Regulation at 68.45%

His new Z-Forged Iron setup is 4-PW with Nippon Tour 120 X shafts.

Although Keegan started the BMW Championship in 66th place in the FedEx Cup Playoffs, he still has a chance of making it to the Tour Championship with a solid weekend in Chicago.

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10 interesting photos from the 2019 BMW Championship

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GolfWRX has an assortment of photos from the 2019 BMW Championship at Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Illinois, including in-hand photos of equipment, shots from the range, and WITB looks at the likes of Rickie Fowler, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day, and more.

Here are a few of the most interesting shots from Medinah.

Not familiar with “The Johnny Appleseed of American Golf?” Acquaint yourself!

On the first tee at the BMW Championship…a BMW

The Phil Mickelson calf game is strong, per usual

An in-hand look at the new Scotty Cameron Teryllium TNP 2 (more here)

A Bettinardi tour putter cover

It takes a village…

The flatstick that rolled in the winning put at the first FEC playoff event…

Fairway Jesus with the Nike high socks and Roshe combo 

Rory McIlroy’s TaylorMade Spider putter cover feature a spider holding a championship belt, of course…

Phil Mickelson’s 64-degree PM Grind 2.0 wedge 

All our photos from the 2019 BMW Championship

General galleries 

WITBs

 

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Tiger Woods opts for lead tape on his Newport 2 rather than a heavier putter: Here’s why it makes sense

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After days of speculation about which putter Tiger Woods might end up with an attempt to tame the greens at Royal Portrush, we now officially know he settled on his old faithful GSS Scotty Cameron but with a twist—some added lead tape.

The whole reason the speculation was in high gear early in the week was because of Tiger was spotted with a new custom Scotty that had the Studio Select weights in the sole to increase head weight to help with slow greens, something Tiger has talked about in the past—especially when it comes to the greens at The Open Championship.

We can even look back a few years ago when Tiger finally put a Nike putter in play, the original Method (those were nice putters) and talked about both the increased head weight and the grooves on the face to help get the ball rolling on slower greens.

The decision to stick with the old faithful with added lead tape goes beyond just a comfort level, even if the two putters look the same at address, it’s about feel and MOI around the axis.

Let me explain. Sure the putter heads weight the same, but depending on where the mass is located it will change the MOI. The putter with the Select weights vs. lead tape in the middle will have a higher MOI because there is more weight on the perimeter of the head—it’s like a blade vs. cavity back iron. Sure, two 7-irons can weigh the same but the performance will vary significantly.

For a player with such deft feel like Tiger Woods, any change like that can could cause doubt. Tweaking an already great putting stroke and on the eve of the last major of the year is not really something you want to do, which is why it isn’t surprising he stuck with his legendary Newport 2.

Lead tape in the middle allows Tiger to increase the head weight with very little change to the natural rate of rotation for hit putter and hopefully manage the slower Portrush greens better.

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