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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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WRX Retrospective: Interesting photos from the 2019 Masters

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As of now, we know the 2020 Masters is going to have to wait until November. The tournament will be as exciting as it will be interesting since it will be the first modern glimpse into Augusta National beyond April.

It has also given us the great opportunity to look back with hindsight 20/20 (that was very much an unintended pun) at our pictures from 2019 to showcase some of the most noteworthy and interesting, including some potential foreshadowing of the week that was to come.

2007 Masters champion Zach Johnson isn’t one to change putters too often, but he must have been searching for something last year when testing out this TaylorMade Spider.

This was Viktor Hovland’s last Masters as an amateur. He won low amateur honors and went on to capture the same distinction at the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.

TaylorMade always does a wonderful job with major-themed accessories and bags. 2019 was no exception.

Little did we know at the time this was taken, this man would be leading heading into Sunday’s final round. How the tables turned so quickly.

Callaway’s collab with Seamus Golf lead to these flower-themed headcovers.

We can’t forget that Tuesday practice day was rained out and the course was closed at 10 a.m. to both players and spectators. It wasn’t the warm spring kickoff many had hoped for!

Although it was short-lived, it was a rainy Tuesday for all, including caddies.

The weather broke on Wednesday and the view up the 10th hole never gets old.

Did you realize two-time Masters champ Bubba Watson’s Flightscope has a custom pink paint job?

Inexpensive snacks and beverages are always a highlight of any Master’s visit.

The 2019 Masters featured pre-bulked Bryson, who also happened to have a custom FlightScope X3. He looks like a veritable stick!

They say a picture says 1,000 words, but in the case of Tiger Woods, we had no idea how many words would be written come Sunday.

A peek into the bag of Gary Woodland, who would go on to become the U.S. Open Champion only a few months later.

Special shoutout to Gary Woodland’s caddy Brennan Little, who hails from St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada, and is obviously a big Toronto Blue Jays fan. He was also on the bag for Mike Wier’s win in 2003.

Although the relationship was short-lived, Sergio used some very cool custom Toulon putters while on staff with Callaway Golf.

The eighth green is one of the most interesting and mounded on the course, there’s not a bunker to be found but danger lurks everywhere.

Undulations at No. 1 are a sight to be seen at ground level.

The iconic, understated clubhouse of ANGC.

The tucked-away first tee spike cleaner is something every course should have.

And of course, the iconic 12th, where so much would be decided come Sunday.

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10 interesting photos from the 2020 Players Championship

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GolfWRX is live this week from the 2020 Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

The field this week featured the best golfers in the world, including Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler, and more.

Rory McIlroy enters the tournament as the defending champion, looking hoist the crystal again.

Check out all our galleries below, along with highlights from TPC Sawgrass.

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Bettinardi’s St. Patrick’s Day covers  

Brand-new Srixon 745 in Keegan’s bag

Roger Sloan’s custom Cameron

Mizuno JPX 919 Hot Metal irons spotted in Nick Watney’s bag 

Joel Dahmen with a battle-worn hybrid

Fresh eggs for Patrick Reed…

Justin Rose continues to tweak his equipment

Carlos Ortiz looks to be picking up some supplies to mark the end of his driveway…

Jordan Spieth with a Vokey WedgeWorks Proto 60T in the bag

Kiradech Aphibarnrat with lead tape and stamping on cavity-back irons. Solid! 

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GolfWRX Spotted: Justin Rose with mixed bag at Arnold Palmer Invitational

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It’s not very often we get breaking equipment news this time of year on the PGA Tour schedule, but this week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, one of the highest-profile players on tour, Justin Rose, was spotted testing multiple brands of clubs throughout his entire bag.

It started last week at the Honda Classic when Rose put a TaylorMade SIM driver with Mitsubishi Kuro Kage in play. As of today’s first round at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Rose has a mixed set including TaylorMade, Cobra, and Titleist clubs, along with an Axis1 putter.

Here are the details of Rose’s equipment:

Driver: TaylorMade SIM (10.5 degrees @ 8.5)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Kuro Kage XTS 70 TX

3-wood: TaylorMade SIM Max (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Kuro Kage XTS 80 TX

5-wood: Cobra SpeedZone Tour (16.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ 80 X

Irons: TaylorMade P730 (4-PW)
Shafts: Project X 6.5

Wedges: TaylorMade MG2 (52, 56 degrees), Titleist Vokey Design Prototype K Grind (60 degrees)
Shafts: Project X 6.5 (52, 56), Proto Hi-Rev 135X (60)

Putter: Axis1 Rose
Grip: Flat Cat Svelte

Ball: TaylorMade TP5 ‘19 (No. 1)

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