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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 heads to Whistling Straits this week to play in his fourth successive PGA Championship.
The Spaniard missed the cut on debut in 2012, finished T29 at Oak Hill in 2013 and had to settle for 73rd at Valhalla last year. In nine major starts, he hasn't cracked the top 20 so has yet to prove himself at this level despite being a regular contender for European Tour titles. Cabrera-Bello, who slots in at 38th on the latest Race To Dubai standings, tees off at 12:40pm local time on Thursday. He has Aussie Steven Bowditch and American youngster Daniel Berger for company. Aug 12 - 7:15 AM

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Rafa Cabrera-Bello tacked on a 4-under-par 33-33=66 to his opening 67 and is just one shot off the lead through two rounds of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.

Another week, another title challenge. RCB continues to be the European Tour's equivalent of Kevin Kisner, putting himself into contention almost every time he tees it up without being able to get his name on the trophy. The Spaniard, who has three top fives and nothing worse than a T15 in his last five starts, circled six birdies in round two at Gullane on Friday and swallowed bogeys at 7 and 15. He added another 15 greens in regulation to his tally of 16 in round one and, at 7-under 133, is slotted in just a shot behind co-leaders Justin Rose, Shane Lowry and Johan Carlsson.
Jul 10 - 8:59 AM

With an up-and-down for par at his 19th hole of the day, Rafa Cabrera-Bello assumed the lead on day two of the Open de France.

After returning to the course this morning to complete a bogey-free 68 which put him in a four-way tie for the lead, the Spaniard advanced his score to 4-under 138 after following it up with a 1-under-par 34-36=70 in round two. That put him a shot clear of Tyrrell Hatton, Jaco Van Zyl, James Morrison, Daniel Brooks and Francesco Molinari. RCB now has an immediate shot at converting another halfway lead after he failed to do so (finished T11) when two clear after 36 holes of last week's BMW International Open. Today he suffered his first bogeys so far, dropping shots at 11, 5 and 7 but birdies at 14, 17, 6 and 8 allowed him to break par for the second day running at the testing Le Golf National which will host the 2018 Ryder Cup. So far, Cabrera-Bello has split just 13 of 28 fairways but he's kept his score intact by going 8-for-10 in scrambling.
Jul 3 - 8:09 AM

Rafa Cabrera-Bello was part of a four-way tie for the lead when the first round of the Alstom Open de France was completed on Friday morning.

The Spaniard was one of 42 players who had to return to Le Golf National to finish off after storms had disrupted play on Thursday and he safely made par at 18 to card a 3-under-par 34-34=68 and join Frenchman Victor Dubuisson, Austrian Bernd Wiesberger and South African Jaco Van Zyl at the top of the pile. Cabrera-Bello, who also had a share of the first-round lead at last week's BMW International in Germany, was bogey free on his opening lap after going 5-for-5 in scrambling. He picked up his birdies at 3, 4 and 15. Maximilian Kieffer was the leader at 4-under when storms halted play on Thursday evening but on his return this morning he dropped three shots in his final two holes to slip back to 1-under. Round two started as scheduled at 07:30 local time.
Jul 3 - 4:20 AM

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

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