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Rafa Cabrera-Bello |

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (31) / 5/25/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 179
College: Spain

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Rafa Cabrera-Bello has missed just one edition of the DP World Tour Championship and returns to the Earth course in Dubai for another crack this year.
RCB posted T30 in the inaugural event in 2009 and, after sitting 2010 out, took T26 in 2011 and T40 in 2012. His best finishes have come in the last two years via T14 in 2013 and T9 in 2014 when shooting middle rounds of 64-65 to lead going into Sunday before closing with a 75. It's a rather familiar tale for the Spaniard, who has held four halfway leads this season and also the 54-hole lead at the KLM Open but failed to convert any of those five opportunities. That said, gamers should note that he's a strong player in the desert and won the 2012 Dubai Desert Classic. In the two Final Series events he's played this month, the 31-year-old has finished T11 in the Turkish Airlines Open and T46 in last week's BMW Masters in China. Nov 16 - 3:51 PM

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Rafa Cabrera-Bello carded a 5-under-par 67 in his opening round at the Turkish Airlines Open at the Montgomerie Maxx Royal.

That's six swings behind leader Jaco Van Zyl but still good enough for tied fourth with six others. The Spaniard had his eyes on top spot after carding five birdies against a single bogey at 12 on his opening nine after starting at 10. But the putts wouldn't drop after that and he settled for eight pars and one further birdie at 4 to sign for a 67. That matches the 5-under round he posted on day one of the inaugural edition in 2013. The 31-year-old, who has missed three of his last four cuts, hit 15 greens in regulation after splitting 10 (of 13) fairways.
Oct 29 - 11:09 AM

Rafa Cabrera-Bello will head east to play in the Turkish Airlines Open for the third straight year.

RCB's current position of 40th on the Race To Dubai comfortably gets him into the opening event of the four-tournament Final Series. The Spaniard had a golden run in the early part of the summer with three top fives in five starts but had suffered three missed cuts before taking T53 in Portugal two weeks ago. He opened with a pair of 68s in that event so will hope to carry those positive signs to Turkey. In his two previous appearances at the Montgomerie Maxx Royal, he finished T36 in 2013 and T46 last year.
Oct 27 - 5:20 AM

Rafa Cabrera-Bello is 6-for-6 in the Portugal Masters at Oceanico Victoria Golf Club and will try his luck at the Vilamoura venue again this week.

The Spaniard has enjoyed his trips to neighbouring Portugal and finished runner-up in the 2011 edition. He also took T12 in last year's weather-hit event which had to be curtailed after 36 holes. It looks a good venue, therefore, for RCB to come out of his current mini-slump. After a run of four top 10s in nine starts he's missed cuts at the European Open, the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship and the British Masters in the last three weeks. The long game looks fine but his putter has been misbehaving badly.
Oct 12 - 3:06 PM

Rafa Cabrera-Bello is one of the few in the Open d'Italia field to boast a previous outing at this week's course.

The Spaniard contested a Challenge Tour event -- the Parco di Monza Challenge -- at Golf Club Milano in 2006 and shot 67-70-72-65 to finish third. That adds another layer of appeal to gamers who were probably already likely to have him on board. Despite failing to get a win this season, RCB has been a leaderboard regular and was in front after 54 holes in last week's KLM Open before finishing T7. That was his fourth top 10 in in seven starts outside of the majors. The Spaniard is 5-for-7 in the Italian Open with a best of T9 at Royal Park in 2012.
Sep 15 - 6:19 PM

Rafa Cabrera-Bello turned in a 7-under-par 29-43=63 for his third round of the KLM Open to reach 16-under 194, good for a share of the 54-hole lead with Lee Slattery.

The Spaniard imparted all of his damage on the front side of Kennemer Golf & Country Club in Zandvoort, The Netherlands, today, circling and eagle-3 and six birdies before the turn. He also penciled a bogey-4 at the third hole and a par at the par-3 eighth before settling for pars on every hole coming in. Overall, Cabrera-Bello hit 15 greens in regulation and required only 27 putts. He'll wake up on Sunday in pursuit of his third European Tour title and first since the 2012 Dubai Desert Classic. He started the week ranked 39th in the Race to Dubai standings.
Sep 12 - 12:43 PM

Rafa Cabrera-Bello tacked on a 4-under-par 32-34=66 to his opening 65 to reach 9-under 141 at the halfway stage of the KLM Open at Kennemer.

That's just three swings behind leader Soren Kjeldsen and puts him T3 on the live leaderboard. The Spaniard has split just 12 (of 26) fairways this week but it isn't hurting him as he's compensated by hitting 32 (of 36) greens in regulation. He missed just one today and got up and down for par. His sole bogey came via a three-putt at 8, his penultimate hole, while he picked off birdies at 13, 14, 1, 2 and 7. RCB has been halfway leader/co-leader four times this season but hasn't converted any into a win. He'll hope for better fortunes coming from just off the pace.
Sep 11 - 9:44 AM

Rafa Cabrera-Bello heads to Whistling Straits this week to play in his fourth successive PGA Championship.

The Spaniard missed the cut on debut in 2012, finished T29 at Oak Hill in 2013 and had to settle for 73rd at Valhalla last year. In nine major starts, he hasn't cracked the top 20 so has yet to prove himself at this level despite being a regular contender for European Tour titles. Cabrera-Bello, who slots in at 38th on the latest Race To Dubai standings, tees off at 12:40pm local time on Thursday. He has Aussie Steven Bowditch and American youngster Daniel Berger for company.
Aug 12 - 7:15 AM

Rafa Cabrera-Bello tacked on a 4-under-par 33-33=66 to his opening 67 and is just one shot off the lead through two rounds of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.

Another week, another title challenge. RCB continues to be the European Tour's equivalent of Kevin Kisner, putting himself into contention almost every time he tees it up without being able to get his name on the trophy. The Spaniard, who has three top fives and nothing worse than a T15 in his last five starts, circled six birdies in round two at Gullane on Friday and swallowed bogeys at 7 and 15. He added another 15 greens in regulation to his tally of 16 in round one and, at 7-under 133, is slotted in just a shot behind co-leaders Justin Rose, Shane Lowry and Johan Carlsson.
Jul 10 - 8:59 AM

With an up-and-down for par at his 19th hole of the day, Rafa Cabrera-Bello assumed the lead on day two of the Open de France.

After returning to the course this morning to complete a bogey-free 68 which put him in a four-way tie for the lead, the Spaniard advanced his score to 4-under 138 after following it up with a 1-under-par 34-36=70 in round two. That put him a shot clear of Tyrrell Hatton, Jaco Van Zyl, James Morrison, Daniel Brooks and Francesco Molinari. RCB now has an immediate shot at converting another halfway lead after he failed to do so (finished T11) when two clear after 36 holes of last week's BMW International Open. Today he suffered his first bogeys so far, dropping shots at 11, 5 and 7 but birdies at 14, 17, 6 and 8 allowed him to break par for the second day running at the testing Le Golf National which will host the 2018 Ryder Cup. So far, Cabrera-Bello has split just 13 of 28 fairways but he's kept his score intact by going 8-for-10 in scrambling.
Jul 3 - 8:09 AM

Rafa Cabrera-Bello was part of a four-way tie for the lead when the first round of the Alstom Open de France was completed on Friday morning.

The Spaniard was one of 42 players who had to return to Le Golf National to finish off after storms had disrupted play on Thursday and he safely made par at 18 to card a 3-under-par 34-34=68 and join Frenchman Victor Dubuisson, Austrian Bernd Wiesberger and South African Jaco Van Zyl at the top of the pile. Cabrera-Bello, who also had a share of the first-round lead at last week's BMW International in Germany, was bogey free on his opening lap after going 5-for-5 in scrambling. He picked up his birdies at 3, 4 and 15. Maximilian Kieffer was the leader at 4-under when storms halted play on Thursday evening but on his return this morning he dropped three shots in his final two holes to slip back to 1-under. Round two started as scheduled at 07:30 local time.
Jul 3 - 4:20 AM

Rafa Cabrera-Bello tacked on a 5-under-par 32-35=67 to his opening 65 and, at 12-under 132, has a two-shot lead after 36 holes of the BMW International Open.

The Spaniard could no wrong during his opening nine holes at Golfclub München Eichenried on Friday, circling birdies at the 12th, 13th and 16th before adding another at the par-5 18th when chipping in after finding water with his approach. Further gains at the 1st and 2nd lifted him to 13-under before he finally cooled off with six pars and a bogey at the 8th. RCB has hit 30 greens out of 36 over the first two rounds and split 22 (of 28) fairways. After securing a two-shot lead over Michael Hoey and Lass Jensen, he said, "Another good round; I played really solid on the back nine, which was my front nine. A few sloppy swings on the front nine, a couple miss-read putts, but overall very satisfying. I’m excited because I'm in a good position. I'm in a place where I want to be. I feel things are going my way and hard work is paying off."
Jun 26 - 8:27 AM

Rafa Cabrera-Bello birdied half the holes in a 7-under-par 34-31=65 to share the lead after round one of the BMW International Open in Germany.

The Spaniard hit 16 greens in regulation on his afternoon lap of Golfclub München Eichenried and is tied at the top alongside Denmark's Lasse Jensen and England's Daniel Gaunt. Today's round comes as no surprise. RCB was runner-up in the Lyoness Open on his last start and also finished just one back when fourth at last month's Irish Open. Add in the fact that he was T2 in this event at Gut Larchenhof in 2014 and has a top three to his name on this course and it all makes perfect sense. Cabrera-Bello swallowed bogeys at 2 and 8 but trumped them with four front-nine birdies and added five par breakers in his final eight holes to join the lead. He also split 11 (of 14) fairways and took 28 putts.
Jun 25 - 12:40 PM

With a 6-under-par 31-35=66 on Saturday, Rafa Cabrera-Bello closed to within two shots of leader Grégory Bourdy with a round to go at the Lyoness Open.

Starting the day five back, the Spaniard got to work early at Diamond Country Club and made inroads with two birdies and an eagle-3 in his opening four holes. He added another at the seventh to turn in 31 before stalling with bogeys at 11 and 14. However, a par breaker at 12 and back-to-back birdies on the par 5s at 15 and 16 secured a 66 -- a score bettered by just one player today -- and means, at 13-under 203, RCB is now looming large in Bourdy's rearview mirror. Like the Frenchman, Cabrera-Bello hit 15 greens in regulation on Saturday and is 47-for-54 through the first three rounds.
Jun 13 - 1:08 PM

Rafael Cabrera-Bello authored a 4-under-par 34-34=68 to reach 7-under 137 at the halfway mark of the Lyoness Open.

That's good enough for tied second place alongside compatriot Carlos Pigem although the Spanish duo are five behind runaway Frenchman Grégory Bourdy. Cabrera-Bello hit 17 greens in regulation during his morning lap and got up and down on the one occasion when he did fire wide. That meant a rare bogey-free lap of Diamond Country Club. The Spaniard spread his four birdies between the two nines, picking up shots at 10, 15, 1 and 5. He's also missed just three fairways over his opening 36 holes.
Jun 12 - 8:48 AM