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Rafa Cabrera Bello

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (33) / 5/25/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 179

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For a second year running Rafa Cabrera Bello finished one back of an Australian winner in the UBS Hong Kong Open; his final lap of 1-under-par 35-34=69 good for 10-under 270, but not quite enough in Fanling as Wade Ormsby lifted the trophy.
The Spaniard clearly loves the tree-lined fairways of the Hong Kong Golf Club but is maybe not so keen on thirtysomething Aussies who've never previously won on tour; the unlikely kryptonite to to his super powers. He struggled on the front nine, making bogey-6 at the vulnerable par-5 third and added eight pars. But, four back of the lead playing the 11th, he drained from 12'0" and was away, adding more red at 13 and 17. The latter effort drew him level with Wade Ormsby on 11-under at the top of the leaderboard, but his approach to the final green found sand and he failed to save par. Moments later he watched Ormsby three-putt the same hole. He now has 17 top three finishes on the European Tour and has converted three of them. Nov 26 - 5:14 AM

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Rafa Cabrera Bello crashed a 6-under-par 32-32=64 to move into T2 on 9-under 201 in the UBS Hong Kong Open at Hong Kong Golf Club in Fanling, just one swing back of the 54-hole leader S.S.P. Chawrasia.

The Spaniard, the runner-up in this tournament 12 months ago, is seeking his second title of 2017, having claimed the Scottish Open in July. He had trailed the pre-round leader Chawrasia by five at the start of play, but chased him hard. The front nine witnessed three ticks at 3, 7 and 8, plus an error at No. 9. The back nine was even more impressive. He opened with an eagle-2 at the 367-yard par-4 10th, added a birdie-2 at 12 and then an 8'0" par breaker at 13 earned a restrained but defiant fist pump. He erred with bogey at 17, but responded with a towering approach to the last which left him 6'0" for the birdie and he didn't waste the chance. He has twice headed into the final round just one swing back in second, both at the Dubai Desert Classic and he is 1-for-2. But he is 1-for-6 in converting any kind of 2nd or T2 54-hole positions. He's needed 81 swipes of the putter this week and only two golfers have needed fewer.
Nov 25 - 4:47 AM

Rafa Cabrera-Bello crafted a second round 2-under-par 36-34=70 to be T10 on 6-under 138 heading into the final 36 holes in the WGC-HSBC Champions at Sheshan International GC, seven shots back of leader Dustin Johnson.

The Spaniard is seeking a first top ten in this event on his third appearance and this is his best start by some six shots at the 36 hole stage. He made a slow start Friday with a second bogey of the week at 4 and seven pars through the eighth. But he made a smart move at the turn, ticking 9 and 10, before making the most of the short par-4 16th (288 yards) with an eagle-2. Alas a bogey-4 followed and he couldn't break par at the final hole. "Gave myself a lot of chances," he said afterwards. "Happy with the score. I managed my patience today." He has found 3 in 4 of all fairways, 77.8% of Greens in Regulation, and averaged 1.708 Putts per GIR through 36 holes.
Oct 27 - 5:33 AM

Rafa Cabrera Bello sprinkled seven birdies on his card in a first-round 5-under-par 34-33=67 at the CIMB Classic in Malaysia, a pair of closing circles placing him three back from leader Cameron Smith. UPDATE: Cabrera Bello finished T10 on 13-under 275, posting rounds of 67-70-69-69 for his second T10 in as many tries at the CIMB.

RCB was T10 at TPC Kuala Lumpur in last year's event and also owns a pair of top four finishes in Malaysian Opens played there in 2011 and 2012. He put all that strong course experience to use today to finish the day in tied eighth. The Spaniard, who made it through three legs of the FEC Playoffs, started his birdie count with red numbers at 2, 3 and 5 although he swallowed a bogey at 4 during that run. He dropped one more shot at 12 but started and finished his back nine with a pair of birdies (11/12 & 17/18) to claim his place inside the top 10.
Oct 12 - 5:09 AM

World No. 19 Rafa Cabrera Bello embarks on his second consecutive CIMB Classic after a T10 last year (69-67-69-70).

The 33-year-old finished 61st in the final FedExCup standings last season as a first-time member though not a rookie. He went 13-for-19 with eight top 25s and four top 10s, highlighted by T4s at The Open, FedEx St. Jude (as 54-hole co-leader), and THE PLAYERS. The Spaniard also won his third Euro Tour title in 294 career events, claiming the Scottish Open in a mid-July playoff. He's been idle since exiting the FEC Playoffs with a T33 at the BMW (65-71-70-70), preceded by a T18 (Dell) and a MC at THE NORTHERN TRUST.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Oct 11 - 9:09 AM

Rafa Cabrera Bello carded a 6-under-par 32-33=65 during round one of the BMW Championship, claiming a piece of fifth place as play winds down on day one.

Making his course debut at Conway Farms Golf Club, the Spaniard had no issues getting the lay of the land. He found eight (of 14) fairways but what was most impressive was 16 greens in regulation (T1 in the field). It was a slow transition into quality, though, as he didn't setup his first scoring chance inside 20 feet until the par-4 seventh. From there, he was dialed in, circling seven birdies in his final 12 holes, needing just two putts to fall from outside 10 feet. RCB started the week in the 60th slot in the FedExCup race, so he still has an uphill battle if he wants to pickup a top 5 and have a chance at advancing onto East Lake.
Sep 14 - 8:52 PM

Rafa Cabrera Bello closed out his week at the Dell Technologies Championship with a bogey-free, 6-under-par 34-31=65 to end the week at 7-under 277, good for a spot inside the top 20 on the live leaderboard, also vaulting him inside the top-70 bubble for the FedExCup race.

RCB started the week ranked 80th in the FedExCup standings, needing to jump 10 spots to secure a spot in the BMW Championship. He was hovering outside the top 30 on the leaderboard ahead of today's round, but the blemish-free navigation currently has him projected 61st in the FedExCup standings. The Spaniard accomplished the feat with some tidy short-game work, sinking five putts from outside eight feet (+4.051 strokes gained putting) in addition to a 18'4" hole out for birdie at the par-4 13th. Today's round matches his low closing round on the PGA TOUR (7-under 65 in R4 of the 2016 Shell Houston Open). Barring a crazy shift in the leaderboard, Cabrera Bello has safely played his way into the BMW Championship which takes place at Conway Farms in two weeks.
Sep 4 - 4:06 PM

Rafa Cabrera Bello closed out his week at the Dell Technologies Championship with a bogey-free, 6-under-par 34-31=65 to end the week at 7-under 277, good for a spot inside the top 20 on the live leaderboard, also vaulting him inside the top-70 bubble for the FedExCup race.

RCB started the week ranked 80th in the FedExCup standings, needing to jump 10 spots to secure a spot in the BMW Championship. He was hovering outside the top 30 on the leaderboard ahead of today's round, but the blemish-free navigation currently has him projected 61st in the FedExCup standings. The Spaniard accomplished the feat with some tidy short-game work, sinking five putts from outside eight feet (+4.051 strokes gained putting) in addition to a 18'4" hole out for birdie at the par-4 13th. Today's round matches his low closing round on the PGA TOUR (7-under 65 in R4 of the 2016 Shell Houston Open). Barring a crazy shift in the leaderboard, Cabrera Bello has safely played his way into the BMW Championship which takes place at Conway Farms in two weeks.
Sep 4 - 4:06 PM

World No. 19 Rafa Cabrera Bello readies for his Dell Technologies Championship debut and checks in at 80th in the FedExCup standings.

Making his FEC Playoffs debut, the first-time member though not a rookie missed the cut by nine at last week's NORTHERN TRUST (79-72). He's 11-for-17 on the season with seven top 25s and four top 10s, highlighted by three season-tying-bests T4s (in a five-event span), including a T4 at The Open, his best finish in a major. The 33-year-old is scuffling about since, posting 72nd (of 76) at the no-cut WGC-Bridgestone and missing the cut at the PGA Championship and The NT. He's a cumulative 32-over-par in his last three starts. Prior to the T4 at The Open, the Spaniard won his third Euro Tour title in a playoff at the Scottish Open.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Aug 30 - 1:10 PM

Rafa Cabrera Bello settled for a 2-under-par 33-35=68 during round four of The 146th Open, failing to make a big jump up the board but still managing a top-5 finish on 5-under 275.

The Spaniard pelted 14 greens in regulation today, but couldn't catch fire with the flat stick, rolling in just three birdies on the day. That was the story of the week for RCB who pelted 48 greens (66.7%) for the tournament. In five previous Open Championship appearances, the best finish for Cabrera Bello was a T21 (2013), so this will be a new best for the Spaniard. After returning to the winner's circle last week and now a career best in a major championship, Cabrera Bello may be setting himself up for a big summer.
Jul 23 - 1:19 PM

Rafa Cabrera Bello rallied late to record a 3-under-par 34-33=67 during the third round of The 146th Open, maintaining a spot inside the top 10 on 3-under 207.

RCB swallowed an early bogey at the par-4 second hole, but played steady golf from there on out. He landed 13 greens and took 29 swipes with the putter. A majority of his scoring was down the home stretch, circling birdies in three of the closing six holes. The Spaniard has just two top 25s in major championships, with a T17 at the 2016 Masters being his best finish. He'll have a great chance to beat that tomorrow as he walks off the course today in a share of sixth place.
Jul 22 - 2:17 PM

Fresh off a victory at the Scottish Open, Rafa Cabrera Bello kept the momentum rolling with a 3-under-par 32-35=67 during round one of The 146th Open, positioning himself inside the top 10 as play winds down for the day.

RCB arrived on the heels of his third European Tour win, first since 2012. He fired out of the gate as the form carried over, circling birdies in four of the opening eight holes, swallowing two bogeys along the way. After birdies at 15 and 16, RCB was staring down the trio of leaders at the top, but an errant tee shot resulted in a par at the easiest hole on the course (par-5 17th) and then he followed it up with a closing bogey. Not an ideal finish, but it still matches his best R1 in an Open Championship (posting a 4-under 67 in R1 of the 2013 edition, finishing T21 that year). Staked out in a share of sixth place, Cabrera Bello is in prime position heading into his Friday tee time.
Jul 20 - 3:20 PM

Rafa Cabrera-Bello will hope to follow in the footsteps of Phil Mickelson when he makes his way to Royal Birkdale for The 146th Open at Royal Birkdale Golf Club in Southport.

Mickelson followed victory in the 2013 Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open by going on and winning the Claret Jug the following week. RCB, a play-off winner in last week's Scottish Open at Dundonald Links, has a similar plan although he's not been able to make any sort of mark in the majors yet. The Spaniard has teed it up in 16 but not managed better than T17 at the 2016 Masters. In the Open Championship he's 4-for-5 but with a best of T21 at Muirfield in 2013. Expectations will be higher now though after he finally got over the winning line following a string of near misses in recent years. He'll head out Thursday at 15:21 local with double Masters champion Bubba Watson and Aussie Scott Hend.
Source: TheOpen.com
Jul 18 - 8:56 AM

Rafa Cabrera Bello claimed victory in the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open on the first extra hole of a play-off against Callum Shinkwin at Dundonald Links; he had earlier carded a magnificent final round 8-under-par 32-32=64 for a 72-hole total of 13-under 275.

Earlier the Spaniard had posted the low round of the day. There were no bogeys as he thrashed back-to-back birdies at first 2 and 3, then 8 and 9, then finally 17 and 18, with two more at 12 and 14. It was a stunning round which launched him seven spots up the leaderboard, setting a target that Shinkwin looked set to beat until making bogey at the 72nd hole. It was also a little fortunate because his approach to the last seemed destined for the creek but pulled up short and he made the up-and-down for birdie. The victory is his third on the European Tour and will be something of a relief because it is over five years since he last lifted a trophy (the 2012 Dubai Desert Classic). He has, in the meantime, become a Ryder Cup player and a gleaner of an immense number of impressive finishes – 11 top five finishes on all tours since January 2016 alone.
Jul 16 - 2:59 PM

Overnight tri-leader and World No. 30 Rafa Cabrera Bello backed up with a 1-over-par 37-34=71 in the final round of the FedEx St. Jude Classic to conclude his tourney debut on 8-under 272, down three places into a five-way T4, two in arrears of champion Daniel Berger, who shot 66.

This was the 33-year-old's first 54-hole lead/co-lead in his 43rd career start. It was his 12th event of the season and posts a sixth top 25 and third top 10, matching a season-best T4 at THE PLAYERS. After kicking off in 70-66-65, the Spaniard began tied with Ben Crane and playing competitor Stewart Cink. Playing out of the final twosome, he circled birdies at six and 11, from 17'6" and 15'9", respectively, but outbalanced them with bogey-5 at nine and double bogey-5 at four (tee ball in the water). The first-time member though not a rookie found 10 (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation, losing 0.429 strokes tee-to-green and -0.324 SG: Total. He posted a pedestrian 1.846 putts per GIR and 0.105 SG: Putting, finishing with seven straight pars.
Jun 11 - 6:55 PM