2014 Greenbrier Classic: Recap

The United States of America (or more accurately, its citizens) celebrated its 238th birthday on Friday, while the PGA Tour was stopped at the Greenbrier, a place that is fittingly touted as “America’s Resort.” A fitting end to the tournament would have yielded an American player winning in America’s resort on America’s birthday weekend, but Angel Cabrera had something to say about that. True, Cabrera is a South American, but you get my point. The Argentinian soared on the weekend with two rounds of 64 to claim his first non-major PGA victory. Up to this point, Cabrera’s, albeit impressive, PGA Tour resume looked like this: 2007 U.S. Open Champion, 2009 Masters Champion, 2013 Masters runner-up… And that’s about it. Though he still uses a translator in his interviews (he seems to hear the English language just fine as he does not need the questions translated, but continues to respond in his native Spanish), Cabrera finally added some diversity to his Tour resume with this non-major win.

Angel Cabrera earned his first win, and best finish, in a non-major on the PGA Tour. Photo courtesy of USA Today.

Angel Cabrera earned his first win, and best finish, in a non-major on the PGA Tour. Photo courtesy of USA Today.

The race was tight for a moment, as George McNeill had one of the great final rounds of the year carding a 61 and putting him in a temporary lead, but with back to back birdies, followed by an eagle hole out on the 11, 12, and 13th holes, Angel Cabrera stretched his lead too far for McNeill in the clubhouse and all the other players still on the course. Several of those players went low on Sunday, including Webb Simpson with a 63 to put him in solo-third, Bud Cauley with a 64 that included an ace at the last, as well as Keegan Bradley and Brendon Todd with a pair of 66s to put them in a T4 (another top 10 for Todd?!) . All in all it was an exciting Sunday afternoon of golf that evolved into an Angel Cabrera evening runaway.

As for our picks, Dave returned from a week’s hiatus to once again submit an impressive and dominating foursome that was held up by Simpson’s strong Sunday showing, and his safe pick in Bubba Watson producing a safe and solid T16. Jon offered the best advice on the safest pick by riding the shockingly hot hand of Brendon Todd, who continues to play incredible golf and was the only player in the top 10 of the FedEx Cup standings to finish in the top 10 at the Greenbrier. Jon’s decision to hedge his bets on Keegan Bradley, and not on Brendon de Jonge, however, did not pan out (Keegan finished T4, while de Jonge sputtered to a T64 finish). I correctly picked Marc Leishman, who was on Dave’s foursome, to miss the cut, and my picks did absolutely nothing else. The total earnings of my foursome did not even break 100k, and I don’t know why I am still talking about this… On to the John Deere Classic! A favorite of Steve Stricker’s, who won the tournament three years in a row beginning in 2009, it is a track where Zach Johnson has also found success (a win, a T3, and two runner-up finishes in the past five years), and where Jordan Spieth got his first PGA Tour win last season. See the complete results of our picks below, and stay tuned for our preview of the John Deere Classic.

Webb Simpson climbed back onto the front page of the leaderboard with an impressive Sunday 63. Photo courtesy of Celebritybirthdaysinaugust.com

Webb Simpson climbed back onto the front page of the leaderboard with an impressive Sunday 63. Photo courtesy of Celebritybirthdaysinaugust.com

Safest Bet

Jon: Brendon Todd (-9, T4)

Tom: Jimmy Walker (70-75, Cut)

Dave: Bubba Watson (-7, T17)

Dark Horse for the Week

Jon: Ted Potter Jr. (-5, T26)

Tom: Gonzalo Fdez-Castano (E, T64)

Dave: Pat Perez (66-69-75, MDF)

Unexpected Player to Miss the Cut

Jon: Keegan Bradley (-9, T4)

Tom: Marc Leishman (68-73, Cut)

Dave: Jonas Blixt (-4, T35)

Favorite to Win

Jon: Brendon de Jonge (E, T64)

Tom: Kevin Na (-2, T52)

Dave: Webb Simpson (-10, solo-3)

Foursomes

Jon: Brendon de Jonge, Jimmy Walker, Bill Haas, Brendon Todd (Total Earnings: $303,021)

Tom: Kevin Na, Jimmy Walker, Steve Stricker, Chris Kirk (Total Earnings: $62,075)

Dave: Webb Simpson, Bubba Watson, Chris Kirk, Marc Leishman (Total Earnings: $551,405)

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