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Rafa Cabrera-Bello

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (32) / 5/25/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 179

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Rafa Cabrera-Bello cruised into solo fourth at the 100th Open de France with a final round 4-under-par 35-32=67 at Le Golf National.
The Spaniard climbed 9 spots on the final day, but more importantly accumulated many extra points in his quest to make a Ryder Cup debut later this season. He made 2 birdies and 1 bogey on the front nine before he accelerated to the finishing line with more red at 10, 12 and 18. His determination to make the most of the double Ryder Cup points was apparent when he fist-pumped as his final birdie putt, of about 10 feet, dropped at the last. He started the week with a 73, but made up for it with a 69-70-67 finish. Similarly he needed 66 putts before the weekend and 58 on it. He made 3 birdies on the treacherous final hole during the week. It is his 11th top 25 finish of the 2016 season. Jul 3 - 12:13 PM

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Rafa Cabrera-Bello upped his title bid at the BMW PGA Championship in England after posting a 4-under-par 32-36=68 in Friday's second round.

RCB's strong lap of the West Course at Wentworth puts him T4 on the live leaderboard, a significant leap of 29 spots. He arrived at 5-under 139 after circling six birdies against two bogeys. All those par breakers came in the opening 12 holes but hopes of a really low one were ended by a bogey at 13 and five closing pars. Still, that's another good day at the office for the in-form Spaniard, who is currently five behind leader Danny Willett. He upped his fairways count from 6 to 10 today and also hit 15 greens in regulation, three more than in yesterday's opening 71. He was 2-for-3 in scrambling after getting up and down just once from six attempts on Thursday.
May 27 - 9:09 AM

Rafa Cabrera-Bello takes his talents to Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, for his tournament debut this week at THE PLAYERS.

After a top 20 at the Masters, RCB took to his homeland where he grabbed a T16 at the Open de Espana. The host continent may have changed, but his form did not. His last eight stroke play events include seven top 20s, three of those being top 5s. The knock on Cabrera-Bello was that his upside always evaporated when he teed it up stateside. As we've seen this year, those concerns are a thing of the past, and gamers should feel confident investing in RCB for all fantasy formats.
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May 9 - 11:04 PM

Sponsor invite Rafa Cabrera-Bello painted a bogey-free 32-33=65 in the final round of the Shell Houston Open to wrap his tournament debut on 12-under 276, up 16 spots on the live leaderboard to T3, good for the low round of the day and the 72-hole clubhouse lead. UPDATE: With play completed, Cabrera-Bello finished in solo fourth.

The Spaniard secured an invite of his own, to his first Masters, with third place at last week's WGC-Match Play. He had a chance for one better today, but missed from 9'7" at the par-4 18th. The 31-year-old began R4 six back on 5-under (T19), and got there by posting a blemish-free 68 in R3. Not bad considering he made the 36-hole cut on the number after opening in 71-72. Cabrera-Bello jumped out to 4-under thru his first six holes, circling birdies on holes 1, 2, 5 and 6. Five straight pars followed, missing three mid-range scoring chances, before driving the green on the 12th and holing a 5'1" eagle-2. He briefly joined the lead (-12) with a birdie-4 at the 13th, but that completed his scoring, playing his final five holes in all pars. Cabrera-Bello's 65 matches a career best on the PGA TOUR (72 rounds) shot in R2/2012 WGC-Bridgestone.
Apr 3 - 4:37 PM

52-seed Rafa Cabrera-Bello rallied to a 3-and-2 win over 3-seed and defending champ Rory McIlroy in the consolation match at the WGC-Dell Match Play to claim 3rd place.

Cabrera-Bello bounced back from a 4-and-3 loss to Louis Oosthuizen in the Sunday morning semifinals for a career best on the PGA TOUR in his 23rd career start -- previously, T10 at the 2015 Puerto Rico Open. The loss to Oosthuizen was his first of the tourney but improved to 5-1-1 overall with his downing of McIlroy. The 31-year-old, a two-time winner on the European Tour, was 1 down to McIlroy thru eight holes but reached the turn all square after winning the ninth with par. He went 1 up with his second birdie of the match at the 11th before McIlroy squared things with birdie-4 at 12. The Spaniard won holes 14-16 in birdie-par-birdie to end the contest and will make his first Masters start in a little over a week.
Mar 27 - 7:23 PM

52-seed Rafa Cabrera-Bello continued his improbable march at the WGC-Dell Match Play with a 2-and-1 quarterfinal win over 45-seed Ryan Moore and will face the winner of the Dustin Johnson vs. Louis Oosthuizen match in the Final Four.

This is the Spaniard's third Dell Match Play appearance and first since a T17 in 2013. He's into the semifinals with an impressive 4-0-1 record and never trailed in his match with Moore. The 31-year-old won the first hole (concession) and was all square thru four after conceding the third. He quickly moved to 2 up with back-to-back birdies at the par-4 fifth and par-5 sixth, respectively, and halved the par-3 seventh with a one-putt par from 9'4". Moore won the eighth with a par 4 to get to 1 down and the match stayed that way for the next six holes before Cabrera-Bello won the 16th with a conceded birdie-3 after hitting his approach from 124 yards to six inches. The pair halved the next two holes to conclude the battle.
Mar 26 - 5:48 PM

52-seed Rafa Cabrera-Bello advanced to the quarterfinals of the WGC-Dell Match Play after 27-seed Ben An conceded the match while the duo was playing the par-5 12th. UPDATE: Cabrera-Bello will face 45-seed Ryan Moore in the quarters.

Cabrera-Bello moves on to the Round of 8 and will play the winner of the Ryan Moore (45-seed) and Patton Kizzire (63-seed) match. He won Group 12 with a 2-0-1 record. The Spaniard was 4 up on An thru 11, winning holes 4, 6, 8 and 9 with birdies, when the South Korean withdrew with a neck injury after hitting his fourth to the par-5 12th. This is Cabrera-Bello's third Match Play and first since a T17 in 2013.
Mar 26 - 12:25 PM

With a winning birdie at the 18th hole, Rafa Cabrera-Bello (2-0-1) halved his final group match with Soren Kjeldsen (0-2-1) and secured his spot in the knockout phase of the WGC-Dell Match Play. UPDATE: Cabrera-Bello will face 27-seed Ben An in the final 16.

Defeat could have opened up playoff possibilities in Group 12 but, 1-down to his Danish opponent, RCB took care of business with a monster drive onto the par-4 closer before cosying his eagle putt to tap-in range. In a close contest, neither player managed to establish more than a 1-up lead. Kjeldsen held that advantage for seven of the first nine holes after winning 1 and 7 and also had his nose in front after fighting back from a Cabrera-Bello revival to go 1-up again after taking 12 and 15. The Spaniard found an answer though to make the last 16 of this event for the first time. RCB, seeded 52nd this week, has twice finished runner-up on the European Tour in recent times so could be a tough nut to crack as the tournament switches to knockout this weekend.
Mar 25 - 5:55 PM

Rafa Cabrera-Bello remained undefeated on the week following a 4-and-3 win over Kevin Kisner in the second round of this week's World Golf Championships-Dell Match Play.

The Spaniard upset Hideki Matsuyama in his first match and led wire-to-wire today. It started with a simple 3'9" birdie on the par-4 first hole after a monster drive set him up for success. Cabrera-Bello added his second birdie on the par-3 fourth, connecting on a bomb from 28'4". Kisner circled just one birdie on the round which was no match for the Spaniard who tacked on two more birdies. That included a monster 71'11" roll with the flat stick on the par-4 15th hole to win the match. Cabrera-Bello now has the advantage in Group 12, but will still need at least half a point against Soren Kjeldsen to guarantee his spot in the round of 16.
Mar 24 - 7:52 PM

Rafa Cabrera-Bello asserted his authority over Hideki Matsuyama after a ding-dong battle on day one at the World Golf Championships-Dell Match Play, winning 1 up.

The Spaniard enters this week with two aims. The primary goal is to contend for this week's prize, but his secondary target is to make the brackets which will guarantee him a move into the world's top 50 and an invite to the Masters. Perhaps that inspired him on the front nine - or perhaps he owed his early success to Matsuyama's clumsy golf. The Japanese star made bogey on 2 and 9, and missed from 5'8" after seeing his opponent convert a birdie from 7'8" on the par-3 4th. Consequently 3 down with 9 to play it was Cabrera-Bello's turn to be generous, gifting 10, 12 and 14 with bogeys and losing 13 to a Matsuyama birdie-3. The match turned on the 17th green when Cabrera-Bello converted his birdie from 17'6". It gave him a crucial one hole lead which he maintained through the last. He will take on Kevin Kisner Thursday, Matsuyama will play Soren Kjeldsen.
Mar 23 - 3:51 PM

Rafa Cabrera Bello returns to the World Golf Championships-Dell Match Play at Austin Country Club after a three year tournament hiatus.

The Spaniard is lining up for his third start in the event and will be keen to improve on a record that has so far failed to pull up any trees; he’s 1-2 having teed it up in both 2012 and 2013. On the flipside he was 4-1, including dominant victories over Martin Kaymer and Alvaro Quiros, when a semi-finalist at the 2012 Volvo World Match Play Championship. Recent form is impressive too: T2 in both Dubai and Qatar, then T11 in the Cadillac Championship. He plays in Group 12 alongside Hideki Matsuyama, Kevin Kisner and Soren Kjeldsen.
Mar 22 - 8:32 AM

Rafa Cabrera-Bello painted a 5-under-par 34-33=67 in today's third round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship for a three-day total of 5-under 211, good for the early 54-hole clubhouse lead with countryman Sergio Garcia, who also shot 67. UPDATE: Cabrera-Bello and Garcia's 67 were the low rounds on Saturday.

Cabrera-Bello is making his third appearance on the Blue Monster, first since a personal-best T63 in 2013, and first since the redesign. He opened in even-par 144 (73-71) and tacked on a seven-birdie against two-bogey effort in R3 to climb 22 places to T7. The 31-year-old, who's up to No. 61 in the Official World Golf Ranking from 114th to begin 2016, landed eight (of 14) fairways and hit 13 greens in regulation, registering a tidy 1.538 putts per GIR. Four of his conversions were 10-footers, including on the par-3 ninth to end a run of three straight circles, and two more on back-to-backs on 15 and 16 to complete his scoring. The Spaniard has posted total putts of 30/R1, 27/R2, and 27 again on Saturday, and played his final 12 holes in bogey-free 6-under.
Mar 5 - 3:01 PM

Rafa Cabrera-Bello makes his way back for a third appearance at this week's World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship.

The Spaniard arrives with runner-up finishes in two of last three starts internationally. He's playing good golf and generally does prior to heading over to the States. The only problem is that his game usually stays in Europe as he makes the trip. In two previous trips to Doral, Florida, he's posted 65th and T63 finishes. RCB signed for 74 or worse in six of those eight rounds at the Blue Monster, and that was before the course was toughened up in 2014. The upside remains there for World No. 61, but his reliability just isn't there this week.
Mar 1 - 8:33 AM

Rafa Cabrera-Bello pushed to claim a second Omega Dubai Desert Classic title but his 3-under-par 34-35=69 for an 18-under 270 tournament total came up one short of winner Danny Willett's score.

T14 in Abu Dhabi, T2 in Qatar and T2 in Dubai - the Spaniard might have come up just shy of a third European Tour title, but he has set himself up for the season in some style. After seven holes of the final round it looked as if he was struggling to compete with the leaders, as he carded 6 pars and a bogey on No. 6. But he then ticked red at 8, 13 and 17. When he notched another birdie on 18 he joined Andy Sullivan in the clubhouse on 18-under. A play-off loomed only for Danny Willett to knock in a 15-foot birdie putt and claim the title. His long game held up well under pressure, he was 16-for-18 in greens in regulation Sunday, and it was his fourth top 20 finish at Emirates GC.
Feb 7 - 8:35 AM

Rafa Cabrera-Bello kept up his bid for a second title at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic with a 5-under-par 32-35=67 in Saturday's third round and is just a shot behind leader Danny Willett.

That's three straight rounds of 67 for the 2012 champ and puts him at 15-under 201 with 18 holes to play. Although he gave up the lead to Willett, that may be no bad thing for RCB, who has struggled to convert winning positions in recent years. Today, he split just 7 (of 14) fairways but matched Friday's tally of 14 greens in regulation. It looked as if he could kick clear after following an eagle-3 at No. 3 with another gain at 4 but he played his next nine holes in even par after trading two birdies with two bogeys. The Spaniard had a finishing kick, though, and circled red at 14 and 17 to secure his place in the final group.
Feb 6 - 8:50 AM