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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 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

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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

Rafa Cabrera Bello scorched the back nine at Doha GC as he goes in search of victory at the CommercialBank Qatar Masters; his third round 6-under-par 35-31=66 gave him a 54-hole total of 10-under 206 and T5, five shots back of the leader Jeunghun Wang.

The Spaniard keeps knocking on the door. He was the 54-hole leader in Hong Kong before finishing runner-up, then second at halfway last week in Abu Dhabi before a back spasm ruined his weekend (T19). Perhaps the back has needed more tweaking this week; he opened with two 70s but then hit the accelerator on Saturday. He earned an early shot at the 4th but gave it back at the 6th. Soon, however, he made his move. A birdie-2 at the 8th started it, an eagle-3 at the 10th maintained it, birdies at 14, 16 and 18 confirmed it. Wang has a strong advantage, but perhaps Cabrera Bello can finally get the win that has been so close to by making a run from distance rather than clinging on to a long held advantage. His first tour win, the 2009 Austrian Open, saw him overcome eight shots in the final round.
Jan 28 - 8:05 AM

With three closing birdies, Rafa-Cabrera-Bello completed a 6-under-par 32-34=66 in round two of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship and set the 36-hole clubhouse target of 11-under 133.

That's currently two clear of compatriot Pablo Larrazabal and Korean Jeunghun Wang, who both carded 67s on the second morning at Abu Dhabi GC. Starting at 10, RCB opened with a pair of pars before his round took flight with red circles at 12, 13, 15 and 16. RCB went a little flat with seven pars and a bogey at 6 but turned a good day into an excellent one with birdies at 7, 8 and 9. Cabrera-Bello, who had three '2's on his card today, has held the halfway lead in six of his last 49 worldwide starts but failed to convert any of them. He also topped the leaderboard through 36 holes of this event in 2014, eventually settling for T4. We'd love to give you stats on his round today but the European Tour continues not to provide any. We've asked but no reply.
Jan 20 - 4:18 AM

Despite a double bogey on his card, Rafa Cabrera-Bello produced the joint-lowest round of the afternoon wave on day one of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, a 5-under-par 33-34=67 that left him in T6.

The Spaniard's mishap came on the short par-4 13th but he wiped out those two dropped shots with birdies at 16 and 18 to complete an impressive first lap. RCB burst out of the gates with birdies at 1, 3 and 4 and, after five pars, splashed further red at 10 and 11. He ended the day three shots behind leader Henrik Stenson although an early tee-time gives Cabrera-Bello the opportunity to catch the Swede, who goes out in the afternoon. Today's round ties his best opening circuit of Abu Dhabi GC. That other 67 came in 2014 when he went on to finish T4 so the signs look good for the 32-year-old.
Jan 19 - 7:57 AM

After leading/co-leading through each of the first three days, Rafa Cabrera-Bello had to settle for solo second spot behind Sam Brazel at the UBS Hong Kong Open after signing for a 1-under-par 36-33-69 in Sunday's final round.

This has to go down as another that got away for the Spaniard, who remains winless since 2012. Overall, his weekend play wasn't strong enough. After opening 64-65, he played the final 36 holes in just 1-under to post 12-under 268 and had a double bogey on his scorecard on both Saturday and Sunday. Today's came at 8 and followed a bogey at 7 as he reached the turn in 2-over. A circle at 10 got him back on track and, after five pars, his fading title hopes were revived in dramatic fashion with birdies at 16 and 17 as he first holed from the fringe and then drained a 15-footer to tie the lead. It looked as if Cabrera-Bello had the momentum but Brazel found the winning birdie at 17 to deny RCB his third European Tour title.
Sun, Dec 11, 2016 04:29:00 AM

Rafa Cabrera-Bello saw his three-shot overnight lead disappear as Saturday's even-par 35-35=70 at Fanling left him tied at the top with Sam Brazel through three rounds of the UBS Hong Kong Open.

Despite a career year, RCB hasn't won and finishing the job off has been a long-term problem. His aim today was to build a healthy lead and it was all going to plan when he overcame an opening bogey to build a five-shot advantage with birdies at 2, 3 and 5. But by the 14th he was trailing for the first time since early Thursday after bogeys at 6, 7 and 9 and a double bogey-6 at 14. Birdies at 15 and 17 along with an earlier circle at 10 repaired some of the damage and allowed him to finish the day tied at 11-under 199 with Brazel. The pair are two shots clear of Tommy Fleetwood while it's a further shot back to David Lipsky. "Today my score has all colours of the rainbow in it," he said. "There's been a lot of positives and a lot of negatives. "The best thing is I'm still in it. I'm still leading. Of course it would have been nicer to have a few to spare but I still would have needed to play great tomorrow and I'm still in a position."
Sat, Dec 10, 2016 04:44:00 AM

Rafa Cabrera-Bello styled a superb second round 5-under-par 31-34=65 to open up a three shot lead on the field at the halfway stage of the UBS Hong Kong Open in Fanling.

The Spaniard signed for a 36-hole total of 11-under 129, with little known Australian Sam Brazel three back and a couple of players out on the course chasing hard. Early in his round he was as smooth as he had been in round one when hitting every single green. It helped him card two early birdies at the 2nd and 3rd. But he finally missed a green at the 176-yard par-three 5th which led to the only bogey of his two laps of Hong Kong GC this week. He closed the front nine out with back-to-back red at 8 and 9. On the back nine he tapped in for birdie at the par-five 13th, saved par from a bunker on 14 and then lashed a magnificent approach at the 426-yard par-four 15th to kick in range. It is his 8th halfway lead (three of them solo) in a European Tour event, but he is yet to convert one to a win. "I know I will win again," he said. "I've won before. I just need to keep giving myself chances. I have been working on some mistakes that maybe I have done on other occasions.&quo
Fri, Dec 9, 2016 03:31:00 AM

Rafa Cabrera-Bello's stellar display of ball-striking took him to the top of the round one leaderboard at the UBS Hong Kong Open; his 6-under-par 32-32=64 giving him a one shot advantage over Sebastian Gros, with a pack of ten at 4-under.

The Spaniard coasted round Hong Kong GC, a course he had previously gone sub-69 on just once in ten attempts. His bogey-free lap began at the 11th hole (a quirk of the tight and fiddly layout) and he notched five consecutive pars before adding back-to-back red at 16 and 17. The front nine started with more birdies, at the 1st and 3rd before he again settled into a spell of par making, adding six of them before reaching the 367-yard par-four 10th. He found the middle of the fairway, then hit a superb wedge just beyond the flag and spun it backwards where upon it fell neatly into the hole for an eagle-2. Cabrera-Bello, a star performer throughout 2016, has failed to find the win, but were he to continue to find all 18 greens in regulation this week, something he did Thursday, then he'll give himself a great chance of breaking the duck with his last throw of the dice.
Thu, Dec 8, 2016 03:11:00 AM

Rafa Cabrera-Bello and John Rahm crafted a 3-under-par 34-35=69 in Thursday's opening foursomes to give Spain a one-shot lead after day one of the World Cup of Golf in Australia.

One eagle, two birdies, a lone bogey and 14 pars in the alternate shot format put the Spanish in front as just six of the 28 teams broke par in windy conditions during the first lap of the 72-hole event at Kingston Heath. The American duo of Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker share second spot on 2-under alongside China (Ashun Wu and Hao Tong Li) and France (Victor Dubuisson and Romain Langasque). Hosts and pre-tournament odds favorites Australia are five off the pace after a 2-over 73. Following a bogey at 4, a superb approach by Rahm at 8 set up Cabrera-Bello to drain the only eagle of the day. They added a birdie at 12 before RCB secured the lead going into Friday's first set of fourballs with a walk-off circle from 15 feet at 18. "It's been a fun day, we played well," said Carbrea-Bello. "It was tough and tricky with the wind but Jon played great, I rolled some putts and hit some good shots as well. It's a score we're proud of and also a score we deserve."
Thu, Nov 24, 2016 02:59:00 AM

Spain will be hunting a first World Cup of Golf title in 32 years at Kingston Heath Golf Club in Melbourne, Australia this week.

With so many stars who have thrived in the cauldron of the Ryder Cup, especially when played together (Spanish duos have the highest percentage record of one nation pairings for the European Ryder Cup team) it is a little astounding that you must go back to 1984 for the the last victory by a team waving the red and yellow flag. And even then it was the less heralded Jose Maria Canizares and Jose Rivero who lifted the trophy. This week Rafa Cabrera Bello leads the team off the back of a superb season and excellent Ryder Cup debut (when he was undefeated in earning 2.5 points from three matches). He was T53 in this event at Royal Melbourne in 2013 and his only other experience of the Melbourne sandbelt saw him T25 in the Mastercard Masters at Huntingdale in 2006. Team-mate and new-to-the-pro-game Jon Rahm is blind to the challenge but fresh off a startling seven top 25s in 11 starts in 2016.
Tue, Nov 22, 2016 05:39:00 AM

Rafa Cabrera-Bello splashed red at six of his final eight holes to post the best score so far at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, a 9-under-par 33-30=63 that currently sees him tied for top spot on the leaderboard at the European Tour's season closer. UPDATE: RCB ended the day in T5 and just two behind leader Victor Dubuisson.

While the final group were just preparing to start the Earth Course's back nine, RCB was rounding off at 18 with a six-foot birdie putt to post the target of 11-under 205. That completed a scintillating back nine which also featured circles at 11, 12, 14, 15 and 17. His opening nine wasn't too shabby either as he picked up shots at 2, 3, 6 and 7 before dropping his only shot of the round at 9. Today's move has seen him jump 22 spots up the leaderboard to T1 alongside Matt Fitzpatrick, who has seven holes to complete. Cabrera-Bello had opened his week with twin 71s and is currently 7th on the Race to Dubai. He's yet to win this season but has a victory (2012) and a second (2016) in the Dubai Desert Classic so this is a part of the world where he's produced some of his best golf.
Sat, Nov 19, 2016 06:36:00 AM

Rafa Cabrera-Bello has played 20 events on Chinese soil but he'll see Sheshan International GC for the first time this week when he pegs it up in the WGC-HSBC Champions.

RCB has contested this event once before in 2012 but that was the year it took place at Mission Hills. He could only manage T46 but he does have some good form in the region having posted five top 15s. That includes T8 at both the 2013 BMW Masters at Lake Malaren and the 2014 China Open at Genzon. But it's his form this year which will entice gamers. The Spaniard was only ranked 111th after finishing T22 at last year's DP World Tour Championship but he's now 31st in the OWGR having peaked at 26th after continuing his impressive season with T5 at the Wyndham Championship. He'll arrive in China on the back of ninth worldwide top 10 of 2016, T10 at the CIMB Classic in Malaysia.
Mon, Oct 24, 2016 03:11:00 PM