Cabrera Aces Out Tiger at Oakmont

Argentine journeyman outlasts Woods, Furyk for shock US Open victory
By Greg Atwan,  Newser User
Posted Jun 18, 2007 2:00 AM CDT
Angel Cabrera left, of Argentina, shows runners-up Jim Furyk and Tiger Woods, right, his championship trophy after winning the 107th U.S. Open Golf Championship at the Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Argentina's Angel Cabrera edged out favorites Tiger Woods and Jim Furyk in the final round at Oakmont Country Club yesterday, to become the fourth straight foreigner to win the US Open. Cabrera, a chain-smoking 37-year old former caddy, sank two birdies in the back nine to stop Woods, who couldn't beat par on the final three holes, by a single stroke.

Furyk could have forced a playoff with par on the sandy 18th, but went one over. "Probably tomorrow, when I wake up with this trophy beside me, I will realize I won the U.S. Open," Cabrera remarked. The real winner at Oakmont was Oakmont, though: There were only 8 rounds under par the entire weekend, and Cabrera finished 5 strokes over.