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Rafa Cabrera Bello

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (34) / 5/25/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 179

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Rafa Cabrera Bello slumped to a miserable missed cut in the Open de España, despite tagging a second round 4-under-par 35-33=68 onto an opening 73 for a 3-under 141 total at Centro Nacional de Golf.
In cold but kind scoring conditions the Spanish golfer just could not go low enough after his three bogey/two birdie first lap. His front nine saw ticks at 1 and 5 against a cross at 7. He did nothing but travel in the right direction on the back nine, yet having circled 11, 12 and 15 he failed to do so on the par-5 18th and his game was up for the weekend as he missed the cull right on the number. Other notables that will join him in get two days off include: 141- Soren Kjeldsen, Matthieu Pavon, Paul Lawrie, Scott Jamieson ... 142- Eddie Pepperell, Ryan Fox, Jordan Smith, Jamie Donaldson, Alvaro Quiros , Sam Horsfield ... 143- Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, Jeunghun Wang ... 144- Thomas Aiken ... 145- David Horsey, Matt Wallace ... 146- Mikko Korhonen, Victor Dubuisson. Apr 13 - 2:06 PM

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Rafa Cabrera Bello rallied late to erase a slow start, piecing together a 3-under-par 37-32=69 during the opening round of the Masters Tournament, earning him a seat inside the top 10 after day one.

The Spaniard entered the week fresh off a missed cut at last week's Houston Open. It looked like another early exit might be in store after a bogey at No. 1 and a double at the par-4 fifth hole. That just wasn't the case though, as a 20-foot birdie at the par-4 seventh provided a huge jolt that turned his entire round. In fact, he played the last 13 holes blemish-free while sprinkling six birdies. The most notable was a 28-foot birdie bomb at the par-3 16th. Playing in his third Masters Tournament, this will be the first time he's cracked the top 10 after any rounds (7 rounds). RCB did post a T17 in his 2016 Masters debut but he was T32 entering the final round so he never truly got a sniff of contention. Now, he'll need to buckle up and hold on for three more rounds.
Apr 5 - 8:19 PM

Rafa Cabrera Bello hopes his arms will be eased into a green jacket by fellow Spaniard Sergio Garcia at the end of this year's Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club.

He is already a popular sleeper pick in the pre-event chatter and yet the actual evidence, as against confidence in his tee-to-green game and putting stroke, is concerning. He was T17 on debut in 2016, but missed the cut last year. Delving deeper, in six laps he has broken 73 just once (70) and has always taken plenty of putts (30.33 on average). Statistically the strong point on the course has been his Scrambling (ranked 7th in 2016) which is strange because that element of his game would anecdotally be the biggest weakness in his armoury. T6 in the Dubai Desert Classic and T3 in the Mexico Championship, he's failed to find the top 20 in four regular PGA Tour starts this term.
Apr 3 - 4:05 AM

World No. 22 Rafa Cabrera Bello labored to a birdie-less 5-over-par 37-40=77 in the second round of the Houston Open and at 4-over 71-77=148, missed the cut by seven shots.

A total of 90 players from a field of 144 made the cut of 3-under 141, 21 players T70 on the number, so a second cut of low 70 and ties will occur after 54 holes. Cabrera Bello, a pre-tourney 33/1 outright, was highest up the bookmaker's food chain to hit the exits. After debuting a solo 4th here in 2016, he's now missed back-to-back cuts. The 33-year-old was one of 18 players already qualified for the Masters, and one of six to get a head start to Augusta. Other notable departures include: 142- Harris English; Steve Stricker; Chez Reavie; Brice Garnett .. 143- Dylan Frittelli; Peter Uihlein; Russell Knox; Chris Kirk; Shubhankar Sharma .. 145- Ryan Palmer .. 146- Patrick Rodgers; Corey Conners .. 147- Martin Kaymer.
Mar 30 - 8:39 PM

Rafa Cabrera Bello finished third in the 2016 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play at Austin Country Club; the World No. 21 will look for more of the same this week.

The quality of the Spaniard's putting game has been highlighted by the European Tour's new SG stats: He ranks 17th for SG: Putting (+0.956). He also owns a nifty 14-5-1 individual match play record thanks to twice finishing third in a "World" event. The first occasion was in the Volvo version at Finca Cortesin in Spain in 2012, when he downed Martin Kaymer, Richard Finch, Robert Karlsson and Alvaro Quiros before defeat to Nicolas Colsaerts. In 2016 here at Austin he claimed wins over Rory McIlroy, Ryan Moore, Ben An, Kevin Kisner and Hideki Matusyama, a half against Soren Kjeldsen against defeat to Louis Oosthuizen. He opens his Group 14 account with a tie against Satoshi Kodaira, then faces (top seed) Phil Mickelson and Charles Howell III.
Mar 20 - 6:16 AM

World No. 20 Rafa Cabrera Bello fashioned a 4-under-par 33-34=67 in the final round of the WGC-Mexico Championship to wrap on 15-under 269, down one place to T3, one swing short of a two-man playoff involving Justin Thomas and eventual champion Phil Mickelson.

This was the 33-year-old's 57th career TOUR start and matches his best finish, a solo 3rd at the 2016 Match Play. Overall, it's his 11th career top 10, third this season in seven starts. The Spaniard was playing his 14th WGC event, records a third top 10, and betters a previous-best stroke-play T5 at the HSBC back in October. After kicking off with 66-67-69, he began in a four-way T2, two back of leader Shubhankar Sharma. Playing out of the penultimate threesome, the second-year man hit seven (of 14) fairways and 11 greens in regulation, losing 1.844 strokes off-the-tee. He squared two bogey-5s at holes 5 and 12, outpaced by a hole-out eagle-2 at 1 from a greenside bunker (28'9" away), and four birdies at 7, 13 (25'8"), 15 and 18 from 10'3". Cabrera Bello posted 1.455 putts per GIR and 2.746 SG: Putting with 24 total putts. He was No. 1 in SGP with a cumulative 10.038.
Mar 4 - 7:52 PM

World No. 20 Rafa Cabrera Bello concocted a 2-under-par 34-35=69 in the third round of the WGC-Mexico Championship for a three-day total of 11-under 202, two adrift of playing competitor and 54-hole leader Shubhankar Sharma, and will play out of the penultimate threesome in Round 4.

The 33-year-old is going for his first PGA TOUR victory in his 57th career start and 14th WGC event. His best so far is solo 3rd at the 2016 Match Play and his stroke-play best is T5 at the 2018 HSBC. After opening with 66-67, the Spaniard began T2, two back of Sharma, and that where he ended. He hit eight (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation, gaining 0.459 strokes approaching-the-green but losing ground off-the-tee and around-the-green. The 3-time Euro Tour winner squared three bogeys at holes 1, 10 and 11, outflanked by five circles at 2, 6, 12, 15 and 16, three from between 14 and 18 feet. He recorded 1.615 putts per GIR and 1.285 SG: Putting with 29 total putts. Cabrera Bello is No. 1 in SGP with a cumulative 7.292.
Mar 3 - 6:42 PM

World No. 20 Rafa Cabrera Bello tacked on a 4-under-par 32-35=67 in the second round of the WGC-Mexico Championship to reach 9-under 133, up three places on the live leaderboard to T2, two short of 36-hole clubhouse leader Shubhankar Sharma. UPDATE: With play completed, Cabrera Bello is T2, and will play out of the final threesome in Round 3.

The 33-year-old landed 11 (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, gaining 0.828 strokes off-the-tee and 2.063 approaching-the-green, but losing 0.764 around-the-green. He squared two bogeys at holes 8 and 17, outflanked by four birdies at 1, 4, (from 24'2"), 5 and 6, adding eagle-3 at 15 from 26'10". The Spaniard posted 1.714 putts per GIR and 0.923 SG: Putting, needing 30 total putts. He's making his 57th career PGA TOUR start (14th WGC) and as it stands, matches his highest position on the leaderboard thru 36 holes. The 3-time Euro Tour winner was solo 2nd at the 2012 Bridgestone (66-65), eventually T29 with 77-73.
Mar 2 - 6:20 PM

Rafa Cabrera Bello cruised his way around Club de Golf Chapultepec during round one of the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship, styling a bogey-free, 5-under-par 33-33=66 to place himself inside the top 5 on the early leaderboard.

The Spaniard opened his day with a 7'9" birdie splash at the par-4 10th hole. His steady striking didn't produce much stress outside of the par-4 eighth hole where he needed to drain a 29'10" putt to save par. That flat stick was very efficient today, walking off the course with +5.042 strokes gained putting next to his name. Six of his holed putts were converted from outside seven feet. Last year at this event RCB posted rounds of 72-69-71-72 to finish T38 on the week. This is easily his best round recorded at Club de Golf Chapultepec and he's now in great position heading into Friday.
Mar 1 - 5:31 PM

Rafa Cabrera Bello made a huge move up the leaderboard in round two of the Genesis Open, styling a 4-under-par 30-37=67 to reach 3-under 139 on the week, good for T9 on the live leaderboard as the afternoon wave takes to the course.

The chiseled Spaniard started his week on the 10th tee and swallowed four bogeys before the turn (4-over 40). If he played those at even-par he'd be tied for the early clubhouse lead, instead, he sits four back. In round two it was all about the putter, splashing home six putts from outside eight feet, including a pair from outside 21 feet. In addition to that, RCB also added a hole-out birdie from 18'10" at the par-5 17th. He walked off the course gaining 3.219 strokes putting on the day. At the moment this matches the low round of the day, joining Martin Kaymer as the only two to reach 4-under 67 so far.
Feb 16 - 4:02 PM

Rafa Cabrera Bello returns to Northern California for a third appearance at this week's AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

RCB missed the cut here in his 2013 tournament debut. He returned in 2014 to post a T64. It doesn't seem that long ago but the Spaniard ranked 86th in the OWGR at that time. Since then, he's soared up the rankings, currently No. 21 in the world. With top 20s in four of his last five PGA TOUR starts, gamers will certainly be licking their lips to invest on DraftKings where 80 other golfers are priced ahead of him. On FanDuel he is priced more appropriately, with only 16 golfers above him on the salary board. On top of his strong PGA TOUR form, he's also picked up a pair of top 10s in three starts since the 2017-18 European Tour season kicked off, including a T6 just two weeks ago at the Dubai Desert Classic.
Feb 5 - 6:57 PM

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.
Sun, Nov 26, 2017 05:14:00 AM

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.
Sat, Nov 25, 2017 04:47:00 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.
Fri, Oct 27, 2017 05:33:00 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.
Thu, Oct 12, 2017 05:09:00 AM