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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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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

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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

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