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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 will continue his nation's strong affiliation with the Ryder Cup when he makes his debut in the 41st edition of the match at Hazeltine National Golf Club this week.
The Spaniard earned his first appearance in the tournament with a run of stunning consistency which, unlike some of his team-mates, he maintained throughout the summer. In all, he is 19-for-20 in stroke play this season, including 14 top 15 finishes (six of them top five). You can add to that a third placed finish in the WGC World Match Play, which included defeats of Rory McIlroy, Ryan Moore and Hideki Matsuyama amongst others, and a solid (T17) debut at Augusta National. The match play success was not his first – he went 4-2 when third in the 2012 Volvo World Match Play (defeating Martin Kaymer, losing to Jason Day in extra holes). Cabrera Bello hits a lot of greens in regulation, but it's just as well because he is widely considered vulnerable around the greens. One concern is he has just two wins on the European Tour, despite having been top 3 with 18 holes to play 11 times since his last victory in 2012. Sep 27 - 4:13 AM

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Sponsor invite and first-round co-leader Rafa Cabrera Bello backed up with an even-par 37-33=70 in today's weather-delayed final round of the Wyndham Championship to wrap his second appearance on 14-under 266, down three places into a five-way T5, a distant seven back of champion Si Woo Kim.

The 32-year-old, who arrived off a T5 at the Rio Olympics, began the finale in solo second on 14-under, four in arrears to 54-hole leader Kim. Playing out of the final twosome, he conjured just six (of 14) fairways and hit 13 greens in regulation, posting negative numbers in all strokes gained categories with the exception of 0.864 SG: Around-the-Green. The Spaniard overshadowed birdie-3 at the eighth with bogeys on holes 2, 5 and 9 to turn 2-over before bouncing back with a birdie-birdie-eagle run on Nos. 13-15. Unfortunately, he halted the mojo with a 3-putt bogey-4 (from 33'2") at 16 and squared 17 as well (failed scramble). This was Cabrera Bello's 10th start of the season, making him rookie-eligible, and his third top 10, all doubling as top 5s.
Aug 21 - 8:45 PM

Sponsor invite Rafa Cabrera Bello orchestrated a 5-under-par 33-32=65 in the third round of the Wyndham Championship to reach 14-under 196, up four places to solo second, four back of 54-hole leader Si Woo Kim.

The 32-year-old co-led after an opening bogey-free 63 and dipped back to solo sixth with a second-round 68. He ate a double bogey-5 at the seventh with a tee ball into the water, but elsewhere was flawless, circling seven birdies on 15 greens in regulation. The Spaniard, who was eligible for STM after 4th at the Houston Open but declined, lost 0.901 strokes approaching-the-green, but gained 2.210 strokes on the greens, leading in the latter with a cumulative 8.215 in SGP. His split featured four conversions from greater than 11 feet with a long of 19'8" at the par-4 11th.
Aug 20 - 6:36 PM

Overnight co-leader Rafa Cabrera Bello settled for a 2-under-par 34-34=68 during the second round of the Wyndham Championship, reaching the weekend at 9-under 131.

The Spaniard split two more fairways compared to yesterday and landed three more greens. Despite the improved tee-to-green play, he circled three fewer birdies and also added a pair of bogeys instead of keeping a clean card like Thursday. His flat stick was the biggest cause for decline, losing 0.252 strokes putting today versus an incredible +6.178 in R1. On the bright side, RCB added his second eagle of the week when he poured in a 25'4" putt at the par-5 15th. Cabrera Bello has now seen both sides of the putting spectrum, and will enter the weekend with a clean slate, three strokes off the leader Si Woo Kim.
Aug 19 - 5:56 PM

Rafa Cabrera Bello roasted Sedgefield Country Club en route to a bogey-free, 7-under-par 32-31=63 during the opening round of the Wyndham Championship, taking the role of the early clubhouse leader.

The Spaniard opened with a 68 in his 2014 Wyndham debut before backpedaling to miss the cut. He's found a comfort zone in the States since then, posting four top 20s stateside in 2016 alone. He maintained that strong play today, pelting 13 greens and going 5-for-5 scrambling. That included a pair of par-savers from 13-to-15 feet. The Spaniard also splashed in five birdies from outside 13 feet. RCB walked off the course gaining 5.686 strokes with the flat stick. It's unlikely those putts will continue to fall throughout the week, but he's given himself a nice cushion to work with.
Aug 18 - 11:53 AM

Rafa Cabrera Bello cruised the Olympic Golf Course to card 3-under-par 32-36=68 and finish inside the top ten on 8-under 276 at the 31st Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro.

The Spaniard had opened with a smart 4-under 67 to find himself in contention Thursday evening, only to tread water with follow-up rounds of 70-71. But on Sunday he made a final move, confirming a top ten finish with his 68. He started his progress with a chip-in eagle-3 on the par-5 fifth, before adding a birdie on No. 9 with a 3'2" tap-in. A 2-putt birdie-4 on the tenth followed and another came on the final hole. In between he erred in 3-putting both 12 and 14 for bogeys. He striped 83% of the fairways through the week.
Aug 14 - 1:56 PM

Rafa Cabrera Bello bobbed and weaved to an even-par 36-35=71 in today's third round of the Men's Olympic Golf Competition to post 5-under 208, down one spot to T7, a distant seven in arrears to 54-hole leader Justin Rose of Great Britain.

The Spaniard began the third frame in a four-way T6 on 5-under, five back of 36-hole leader Marcus Fraser. Playing out of the penultimate threesome, he missed birdie chances at Nos. 1 and 3, both from inside of 12 feet, and then ate a double bogey-5 at the fourth, taking four to get on the surface. The 32-year-old bounced back with birdie-4 at the fifth (8'0") and turned in 1-over after bogey at the par-4 seventh (failed scramble) and a 35-inch birdie-3 at the ninth. He outpaced bogey at the 11th (failed scramble) with birdies on Nos. 10 and 13 the rest of the way.
Aug 13 - 3:55 PM

Rafa Cabrera Bello settled for a 1-under-par 38-32=70 during round two of the Men's Olympic Golf Competition, entering the weekend at 5-under 137.

The Spaniard sputtered out of the gates after rinsing his tee ball on the par-4 third then going fairway bunker to greenside bunker to greenside bunker (again) before finally reaching the green and saving triple from 11'5". He scribbled all pars otherwise before making the turn, which triggered the comeback. From there, RCB trickled in a 7'8" birdie at the par-5 10th and closed his round with a three-hole birdie train, all coming on putts from 7-to-10 feet. The Spaniard showed some great mental strength today, not letting the early blow-up hole derail his round. Currently solo sixth on the leaderboard, Cabrera Bello is right in the mix entering the weekend.
Aug 12 - 1:15 PM

Rafa Cabrera Bello cruised through the Olympic Golf Course with a 4-under-par 31-36=67 during the opening round of the Men's Golf Competition.

RCB caught fire early in the round, circling birdies in four of his opening seven holes. He can thank his play off the tee for that, striping 12 (of 13) fairways on the day. Playing in the fierce afternoon winds, it was no easy task hitting greens, and he ended with just 10 in regulation. His short game kept him right in the mix all day though, as he gained 2.484 strokes putting on his way toward seven birdies. All those birdies were necessary to erase a double at the par-4 11th a bogey at the par-4 15th. World No. 29 ended the day in a five-way tie for fourth place.
Aug 11 - 3:50 PM

Rafa Cabrera-Bello is relishing the thrill of attending the Men's Olympic Golf Competition and also seeking to cement his place in the Ryder Cup.

The Spaniard has made the top ten six times this season, including when third in the WGC World Match Play in Austin, Texas, a result that confirmed his step-up in class this term – he is now a genuine world performer. But T38 in the Open Championship and T49 in the PGA Championship hint that the on-going search for a place in the European Ryder Cup team has impacted on his performance a little. His T2 in both Dubai and Qatar show he is not minded by blustery and warm conditions, such as he might find later this week. He is also clearly thriving on the experience of being at the Olympics, but one concern might be his results at Castle Stuart. Although a different challenge to the Olympic Golf Course the Scottish Open venue is designed by the same man, Gil Hanse, and Cabrera Bello has a log book there which reads: 21-MC-47-MC.
Aug 9 - 5:24 AM

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

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.
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