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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

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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

Rafa Cabrera-Bello finished strongly to take pole position into the weekend at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, shooting 5-under-par 32-35=67 for a halfway total of 10-under 134, one shot clear of a three-way tie for second.

A winner of this event in 2012, runner-up last week in Qatar, the Spaniard looks primed to maintain his challenge. If his first round 67 was built on a solid long game (17-for-18 in greens in regulation), the second round 67 owed more to his short game skills, specifically his putter, which needed only 26 swings. He signed for birdies at 2, 3, 7, 9, 15 and 18, with just the one bogey on 6. He completed the round by converting a 10-foot birdie chance on the final green which earned him a slender one shot lead over the field. There are ten players within three shots of him.
Feb 5 - 8:53 AM

Former winner Rafa Cabrera-Bello is in position to mount another title bid at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic after shooting a 5-under-par 33-34=67 in his first round.

A bogey-free opening lap of the Emirates puts the Spaniard just a shot behind clubhouse leader Alex Noren and tied for second alongside Trevor Fisher, Jr. and Brett Rumford. RCB was a good bet to make a big impression this week. Not only did he win this title in 2012 and finish in the top 20 either side, the 31-year-old was also T2 in last week's Qatar Masters. He showed his liking for desert golf again with 12 pars and birdies at 11, 13, 17, 18 and 3. Cabrera-Bello missed just one green in regulation despite splitting only 8 (of 14) fairways.
Feb 4 - 4:55 AM

A superb sprint finish saw Rafa Cabrera-Bello card 2-under-par 37-33=70 to nick a tie for second at the 2016 Commercial Bank Qatar Masters on 12-under 276.

The Spaniard made an early birdie on the second hole but a double bogey-5 on No. 8 seemed to have ended his challenge for the title, not least because he promptly reeled off seven straight pars. But in gusty conditions he remained a chance given a bold finish. Red numbers on 16 and 17 drew him within two of the leader Branden Grace, and a superb approach on the par-5 final hole gave him an 18-foot look at eagle. The putt, however, never looked in, Cabrera-Bello had to settle for birdie and T2 - a third top three finish at Doha GC, but a good warm-up for Dubai next week, where he was champion back in 2012.
Jan 30 - 8:18 AM

Rafa Cabrera-Bello toured Doha GC in 1-under-par 37-34=71 in Friday's third round to stay in the hunt for victory at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters.

RCB's last European Tour win came at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic in 2012, an event he'll return to play in next week, while he's also twice finished third at Doha. In windy conditions today, he struggled early with bogeys at 2 and 3 before balancing the books with par breakers at 7 and 10. The Spaniard dropped another shot at 15 but hit back with birdies at 16 and 18 to land at 10-under 206. That's good enough for tied fourth and puts him three shots behind pacesetter Paul Lawrie with a round to play.
Jan 29 - 9:25 AM

Rafa Cabrera-Bello sailed round Doha GC to post a flawless 4-under-par 34-34=68 in the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters, totaling 9-under 135 at halfway.

The thrusting wind failed to knock the Spaniard off kilter as he made serene progress from the first tee, signing for red numbers on 2, 9, 11 and 16. He's now bogey-free for 30 holes and in that time posted nine birdies. Third on the course in 2011, he led at 54 holes in 2014 and also after 18 holes twelve months ago so is no stranger to the Doha leaderboard. He enters the weekend two back of leader Paul Lawrie.
Jan 28 - 8:20 AM

Rafa Cabrera-Bello got off to his usual fast start at the Commerical Bank Qatar Masters after a rush of late birdies in an opening 5-under-par 36-31=67.

That's just two swings behind joint leaders Louis Oosthuizen and Pablo Larrazabal. RCB has opened with 66s in each of the last two years in this event, riding the first of those to a third-place finish. He occupied that same spot in 2011 and is a proven desert performer. The Spaniard showed that again on his morning tour of Doha which, despite an opening birdie, was slow to come to the boil. A bogey at 15 meant he turned in even par but on his second nine he circled par breakers at 1, 4, 5, 7 and 9 to take his customary position on the day one leaderboard.
Jan 27 - 4:57 AM

Rafa Cabrera-Bello again showed his liking for desert golf with a second-round 5-under-par 35-32=67 at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.

RCB has twice finished top 10 in this event and also won the prestigious Dubai Desert Classic in 2012. Today, he started with a bogey-6 at 10 but was flawless after that and circled birdies at 13, 14, 1, 4, 5 and 8. Added to his opening 70, it puts the Spaniard T3 on the live leaderboard at 7-under 137. For the second day running he piped 8 (of 14) fairways while today's GIR count of 14 was just one down on yesterday.
Jan 22 - 7:33 AM

Rafa Cabrera-Bello will play at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship in the United Arab Emirates for the eighth time this week.

The Spaniard was a perfect 6-for-6 until missing the cut last year. That snapped a sequence which includes top 10s in 2011 and 2014. RCB is often a player to shine in this part of the world and scored the biggest win of his career when landing the 2012 Dubai Desert Classic. This is his first start since he closed out 2015 with a 66 to finish T22 at the DP World Tour Championship, which is also held in the UAE.
Jan 18 - 3:25 PM

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.
Mon, Nov 16, 2015 03:51:00 PM

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.
Thu, Oct 29, 2015 11:09:00 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.
Tue, Oct 27, 2015 05:20:00 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.
Mon, Oct 12, 2015 03:06:00 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.
Tue, Sep 15, 2015 06:19:00 PM