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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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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

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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.
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

Making his tourney debut, World No. 30 Rafa Cabrera Bello twirled a 5-under-par 32-33=65 on Day 3 of the FedEx St. Jude Classic to post 9-under 201, up 17 spots on the live leaderboard to T1 and good for the 54-hole clubhouse lead. UPDATE: With R3 play completed, Cabrera Bello shares the lead with Stewart Cink and Ben Crane, and his 65 tied the low round of the day with Tyrone Van Aswegen and Scott Stallings.

The first-time member though not a rookie opened with 70-66 and is getting progressively better as he makes his way around TPC Southwind. He hit eight (of 14) fairways and just nine greens in regulation, but gained 1.937 strokes around-the-green. The 33-year-old squared bogey-5s at holes 1 and 17, camouflaged by seven birdies at 3-5, 8, 10, 12 and 16, four from between seven and 22 feet, adding back-to-back chip-ins at 3 and 4 from 48'6" and 33'1", respectively. He posted 1.837 in SG: Putting and 1.556 putts per GIR, the currently leader in the latter with a cumulative 1.533. This is the Spaniard's 43rd career TOUR start and if the lead holds up, his first 54-hole lead. He was solo 2nd at the 2016 Wyndham thru 54 holes, finishing T5.
Jun 10 - 5:15 PM

World No. 35 Rafa Cabrera Bello recorded the first-ever albatross on the par-5 16th (VIDEO LINK BELOW) en route to a 2-under-par 37-33=70 in the final round of THE PLAYERS to conclude on 6-under 282 (69-70-73-70), up six places on the live leaderboard to solo 4th. UPDATE: With play completed, Cabrera Bello finished in a two-way T4, four back of champion Si Woo Kim and jumped 10 spots to a career-high 25th in OWGR.

This was the 32-year-old's second visit to TPC Sawgrass after a missed cut last year (by one) on rounds of 72-71. As most were on a breezy and pressure-packed Sunday, he was struggling for the majority of day, 2-over thru 15 holes, erasing a lone birdie-2 at three with bogeys at 8, 9 and 12. The Spaniard hit his tee ball on the 16th 337 yards in the right rough, and then improbably dropped his second from 181 yards out after a fortuitous carom off a mound in the front of the green. He wasn't done yet, circling birdie-2 at 17 from 5'9", and holing out from 37'9" away for a walk-off par at 18 after hitting his tee shot into the water. The first-time member though not a rookie was making his 10th start of the season and this is a fifth top 25 and second top 10, joining T10 at the CIMB Classic back in October. His career best in 41 career TOUR events is solo 3rd at the 2016 WGC-Match Play, so he's just off that pace with play winding down.
May 14 - 6:43 PM

Beginning off No. 10 tee, World No. 35 Rafa Cabrera Bello orchestrated a 2-under-par 33-37=70 in the second round of THE PLAYERS to reach 5-under 139, up six places to T1, matching the clubhouse lead of David Hearn. UPDATE: With play completed, Cabrera Bello is T5, four adrift of 36-hole leaders Louis Oosthuizen and Kyle Stanley.

This is the 32-year-old's second appearance, missing last year's cut by one after rounds of 72-71. It's his 10th start of the season, entering with four top 25s and one top 10, a T10 at the CIMB Classic back in October. The first-time member though not a rookie, opened with a five-birdie two-bogey 69, and circles three against two in R2 on nine (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation. He was 1-over thru 14 holes, outpacing birdie at 3 with bogeys at 10 and 5, but ticked three birdies in his last four, circling 6, 7 and 9, all from inside of 10 feet.
May 12 - 2:09 PM

Rafa Cabrera Bello managed a 1-under-par 36-35=71 during round two of the Wells Fargo Championship, staking out a spot inside the top 10 on the live leaderboard at 4-under 140.

The Spaniard split 10 (of 14) fairways today to set up his round. From there he landed 10 approach shots inside 25 feet and converted on four of those chances. His round was far from blemish-free, though, as he found water on the par-5 sixth hole which led to a bogey (one of three by day's end). Given the wet and windy conditions, RCB walked off the course gaining 2.657 strokes over the field with this 1-under round. The 32-year-old arrived on the heels of a three-event slump, but he's pacing himself nicely after two rounds at Eagle Point Golf Club.
May 5 - 4:58 PM

Rafa Cabrera Bello fired out of the gates with a 3-under-par 35-34=69 during round one of the Wells Fargo Championship, staking out an early spot inside the top 10.

RCB arrived in the middle of a three-event slump, but he's looking like a good candidate to break out of that slump after today. The Spaniard's biggest weapon today was his short game, gaining 1.662 strokes around-the-green. A big chunk of that came at the par-3 15th where he holed out for birdie from 43'7". His recent slide in form has been largely due to poor play off the tee, but he gained 0.506 strokes in that department today.
May 4 - 6:45 PM

Rafa Cabrera Bello continued his love affair with Austin Country Club, beating Jeunghun Wang 4-and-3 during round one of the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play.

The Spaniard went 5-1-1 last year en route to a third-place finish at this event, on the same course. He has a new trio of opponents this year, but the results remain the same. RCB took an early lead today when his opponent, Wang, found trouble on approach at the par-4 second hole, leading to a concession of the hole. Cabrera Bello only carded two birdies in today's match, but he played as well as he needed to. While today's victory increased his record at Austin CC to 6-1-1, the Spaniard will need to tidy things up if he wants to win his second round match against Charles Howell III.
Mar 22 - 7:55 PM

Rafa Cabrera-Bello finished third in last year's WGC-Dell Match Play and is back at Austin CC in Texas this week for another crack.

Despite being the lowest ranked player in Group 12, the No. 52 seed advanced after wins over Hideki Matsuyama (1up), Kevin Kisner (4&3) and a halved match with Soren Kjeldsen. In the knockout phase, he added wins over Byeong-Hun An (Concession) and Ryan Moore (2&1) to reach the semi-finals where he lost 4&3 to Louis Oosthuizen. He rounded off a breakout week by beating Rory McIlroy 3&2 in the Consolation match to secure third place and his best PGA Tour finish. Riding that high, RCB banked fourth at the following week's Shell Houston Open and he's said the heat and winds of Texas remind him of his upbringing on Gran Canaria in Spain. He also gets those conditions on the Desert Swing where he finished T6 in Qatar and T11 in Dubai earlier this season. The 32-year-old, who took T5 in the Indian Open on his latest start, was also one of just four Europeans to win their Sunday singles at last year's Ryder Cup. RCB ousted Jimmy Walker 3&2.
Mar 20 - 10:00 AM

World No. 26 Rafa Cabrera Bello contests his 10th overall WGC event at this week's inaugural World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship in Mexico City, Mexico.

The Spaniard owns just one top 10 in nine previous WGCs, a 3rd-place finish at last year's Dell Match Play. His best in stroke-play events is T11 at the 2016 Cadillac at Trump National Doral, now the Mexico Championship. The 32-year-old, a first-time member on the PGA TOUR (though not a rookie), has made just three starts so far this season on the U.S.-based circuit with a best of T10 at the no-cut CIMB Classic, and checks in off T37 last week at The Honda Classic. After finishing a career-best 8th last season in the Race to Dubai standings with six top 10s in 23 starts, he's 5-for-5 so far in 2017 with one top 10, a solo 2nd at the Hong Kong Open 12 weeks ago.
Mar 1 - 4:26 PM

Rafa Cabrera-Bello tacked on a 3-under-par 35-34=69 to his opening 71 to reach 4-under 140 after 36 holes of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, a jump of 32 spots to T6 on the live leaderboard and putting him tied for the early clubhouse lead with Martin Kaymer.

Right now, that's four behind on-course leader George Coetzee but the South African still has 15 holes to play and the gusting winds could blow even harder in the afternoon. RCB won this event in 2012 and took second place last year so, when added to his T6 in Qatar last week, the Spaniard was the most picked player in the European Tour's official Fantasy game this week. He's living up to expectations so far despite arguably being on the wrong side of the draw. Cabrera-Bello got his morning off to the ideal start with a birdie at 10 and also cashed in with another on the par-5 13th. Defying the blustery conditions, he added a run of six pars before making another move with birdies at 2 and 3. The front nine is the tougher of the two at Emirates GC and the World No. 25 gave a shot back at 6 but closed with three more pars to tie Kaymer for the clubhouse lead.
Feb 3 - 4:10 AM