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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 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

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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

Rafael-Cabrera Bello won the 2009 Lyoness Open with an incredible final-round 60 and will hope to find more magic at Diamond Country Club this week.

RCB's golden moment came at Fontana GC which staged the tournament for four straight years from 2006 and it gave him a first European Tour win. The Spaniard also won a 2006 Challenge Tour event in Austria so it's a part of the world he holds dear in his heart. He's played at this week's location, Diamond Country Club, just once and missed the cut in 2011 but Cabrera-Bello's latest form is encouraging. After not even managing a top 30 in his first 11 European Tour events of 2015, he took tied fourth place in the Irish Open and played more good golf to finish T13 in last week's Nordea Masters.
Jun 10 - 5:52 AM

Rafa Cabrera-Bello joined the lead with a 3-under-par 34-34=68 at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open on Friday and achieved something no other player has managed so far.

A total of 306 rounds have been played over the first two days in often brutal conditions at Royal County Down but RCB owns the only-bogey free lap after hitting 15 greens in regulation and going 3-for-3 in scrambling. Outstanding. The Spaniard grafted for 14 pars and a birdie at the third over his first 15 holes and then produced a mini spurt late on with par breakers at 16 and 18 to make it a six-way tie for the lead at 3-under 138 alongside Tyrrell Hatton, Søren Kjeldsen, Chris Wood, Richie Ramsay and Bernd Wiesberger.
May 29 - 6:00 PM

Rafael Cabrera-Bello will look to win his home Open de España for the first time when he lines up at Real Club de Golf El Prat this week.

His best in 12 appearances in this event is a T4 on debut in 2002 while he was also T6 at PGA Catalunya in 2009. Gamers will be encouraged that he took a share of 11th spot at El Prat in 2011. RCB has finished in the top 50 on the Race to Dubai in each of the last four seasons but is struggling down in 116th this time. He's yet to post a top 30 in eight starts although the Spaniard did finish T10 at the PGA TOUR's Puerto Rico Open in March.
May 13 - 7:38 AM

Rafael Cabrera-Bello authored a 3-under-par 34-35=69 to post the early clubhouse lead of 6-under 138 on day two of the Trophee Hassan II.

For now, that's a shot behind first-round leader Adrien Saddier, who was still over an hour away from starting his second round when Cabrera-Bello handed in his card. The Spaniard's second straight 69 means he's now broken 70 in five of his last six laps at Golf du Palais Royal. He was T5 last year. The 30-year-old started with a pair of birdies at 10 and 11 before adding another at 14. He suffered a disappointing bogey at the par-5 15th and then mixed two par breakers and a single dropped shot on his second nine. The 69 has moved him up 13 spots to tied second. The key to his success so far is obvious. Cabrera-Bello has split 22 (of 26) fairways and missed just five greens in regulation over the first 36 holes.
Mar 27 - 8:42 AM

Rafael Cabrera-Bello returns from a successful two-week jaunt on the PGA TOUR to try his luck in the Trophée Hassan II in Morocco.

A 10th place in the Puerto Rico Open got the Spaniard an exemption for the following week's Valspar Championship in Florida and he played all four rounds at Copperhead, finishing T44. That should set himself up nicely for a return to Golf du Palais Royal where he shared fifth place last year. Cabrera-Bello is just 2-for-5 on the European Tour this year so this is an obvious chance for him to improve his current Race to Dubai position of 151st.
Mar 24 - 9:02 AM

Rafael Cabrera-Bello has been added to the published field of this week's Valspar Championship.

RCB started the finale of the Puerto Rico Open tied for 10th. That's where he landed despite playing his final four holes birdie-par-par-birdie. The top 10 exempts him into his debut at Copperhead. The Spaniard is a non-member, so he's ineligible for the FedExCup Playoffs unless he wins, but he's laid a nice foundation to qualify for the Tour Finals if not finish inside the top 125 in FedExCup standings for fully exempt status in 2015-16.
Mar 9 - 12:38 PM

Rafael Cabrera-Bello rebounded with a 4-under-par 32-36=68 in today's third round of the Puerto Rico Open to post 3-under 213, good for a share of the 54-hole clubhouse lead.

He's experienced a bit of a strange week on the island. After opening with bogey-free 70 on Thursday, the Spaniard faded with a 3-over 75 in the second round during which his only par breaker was a walk-off birdie at the par-5 18th. Today, he hit 13 greens and rolled in five birdies, three of which on par 5s, including another 4 at the last. RCB has two wins on the European Tour, but not since the the Dubai Desert Classic in 2012, so even though he's a polished touring professional, the juices will be flowing in a big way on Sunday in Puerto Rico.
Mar 7 - 11:56 AM

Rafael Cabrera-Bello spun a bogey-free, 2-under-par 35-35=70 in his opening round of the Puerto Rico Open, finishing one stroke off the clubhouse lead.

The Spaniard went 6-for-6 in scrambling and picked off birdies at the par-5 15th and par-4 first holes. That's all it takes to find success early with winds blowing on the island. RCB is a 12-for-17 on the PGA TOUR since his debut in 2010, but he's yet to record a top 20 in a stroke-play event. It's just a matter of time before the talented 30-year-old collects his first.
Mar 5 - 12:11 PM

Rafael Cabrera-Bello will make a rare start on the PGA TOUR at this week's Puerto Rico Open.

RCB doesn't make it to America often, but he excels on the European Tour. His form is a little cool entering the week as he's finished outside the top 30 in each of his last five starts and currently ranks just 131st in the Race to Dubai. Cabrera-Bello finished T24 at this event last year and should strongly be considered by gamers this week.
Mar 4 - 8:59 PM

Rafael Cabrera-Bello rebounded from last week's missed cut to shoot a 6-under-par 33-33=66 and take the early clubhouse lead at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters.

It's no surprise to see the Spaniard find his touch again at Doha Golf Club, a venue where he finished third in both 2011 and 2014. Cabrera-Bello, who also shot 66 on his opening lap last year, was bogey-free on Wednesday. Starting at the 10th, he made the first of his six birdies at the 12th and circled two more at 16 and 18. The two-time European Tour winner made it four in five holes with further par breakers at the first and second and added a final birdie at the par-3 eighth after a superb tee-shot to five feet. "I’m very pleased and happy with the way I played," he said. "I had a good stretch through 16, and all the way through to two, which for me are the birdie holes where you can go low. I managed to do that with three birdies there, and just kept playing solid till I got home."
Jan 21 - 5:38 AM

Rafa Cabrera-Bello has never missed a cut at the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship and looks to extend that streak to seven this week.

The Spaniard relishes his trips to the Middle East and three years ago went home with the iconic Dubai Desert Classic trophy. In Abu Dhabi he's been a model of consistency and has broken par in 17 of his 24 rounds. His best finish was a T4 last year while he also cracked the top 10 when T7 in 2011.
Jan 12 - 9:00 AM