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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 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." Nov 24 - 2:59 AM

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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.
Nov 22 - 5:39 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.
Nov 19 - 6:36 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.
Oct 24 - 3:11 PM

Rafa Cabrera Bello made a nice move up the leaderboard in round two of the CIMB Classic following a bogey-free, 5-under-par 33-34=67, reaching the weekend in a share of eight place on 8-under 136.

RCB missed just two fairways today en route to 17 greens in regulation. That stellar ball-striking allowed him to play stress-free on the greens, needing just one up-and-down to maintain a clean card. Cabrera Bello has now landed 32 greens in regulation on the week, ranked T2 in the field. If the Spaniard maintains this level of ball-striking over the weekend, he should have no troubles maintaining a spot in the top 10, where he currently sits at T8. RCB is making his CIMB Classic debut this week but he does sport a pair of top 5s on his Maybank Malaysian Open resume, held at TPC Kuala Lumpur, as well.
Oct 21 - 6:58 AM

Rafa Cabrera Bello readies for his first PGA TOUR start as a card-carrying member, turning his attention toward TPC Kuala Lumpur for this week's CIMB Classic.

The Spaniard may be making his debut as a first-time PGA TOUR member but it's actually his 32nd career PGA TOUR start. He's also no stranger to this week's venue, despite zero starts at the CIMB Classic. On the European Tour, he's gone 3-for-5 at TPC Kuala Lumpur (Maybank Malaysian Open) including a pair of top 5s. Cabrera Bello collected five top 25s in 10 starts last season and just posted a 2-0-1 record in his Ryder Cup debut. With good form and course history aligning nicely, RCB should be highly considered in all fantasy formats this week.
Oct 18 - 7:03 PM

European Ryder Cup rookie Rafa Cabrera Bello bested American Jimmy Walker 3&2 in Sunday Singles at the 41st Ryder Cup. Live Scoreboard: USA 10.5 Europe 9.5. Cabrera Bello wrapped undefeated with a 2-0-1 record while Walker (second appearance) finished 1-2-0 and dipped to 2-3-3 overall.

The tone for this match was set early with Walker whiffing birdie to win the 1st from inside of 5 feet. Cabrera Bello, who never trailed, took a 1UP lead with birdie-4 at 3, went 2UP with par at the 4th, before the duo halved the 5th and 6th with birdies. The 32-year-old Spaniard extended to 3UP with par at the 9th before Walker won his first hole with birdie-3 at 10, and walked in a medium-range birdie at 12 to get to within 1 hole. Cabrera Bello bounced back with birdie-2 to win 13 (2UP) and closed out the 37-year-old American with a par at the par-5 16th.
Oct 2 - 4:55 PM

Rafa Cabrera Bello will continue his nation's strong affiliation with the Ryder Cup when he makes his debut in the 41st edition of the match at Hazeltine National Golf Club this week.

The Spaniard earned his first appearance in the tournament with a run of stunning consistency which, unlike some of his team-mates, he maintained throughout the summer. In all, he is 19-for-20 in stroke play this season, including 14 top 15 finishes (six of them top five). You can add to that a third placed finish in the WGC World Match Play, which included defeats of Rory McIlroy, Ryan Moore and Hideki Matsuyama amongst others, and a solid (T17) debut at Augusta National. The match play success was not his first – he went 4-2 when third in the 2012 Volvo World Match Play (defeating Martin Kaymer, losing to Jason Day in extra holes). Cabrera Bello hits a lot of greens in regulation, but it's just as well because he is widely considered vulnerable around the greens. One concern is he has just two wins on the European Tour, despite having been top 3 with 18 holes to play 11 times since his last victory in 2012.
Sep 27 - 4:13 AM

Sponsor invite and first-round co-leader Rafa Cabrera Bello backed up with an even-par 37-33=70 in today's weather-delayed final round of the Wyndham Championship to wrap his second appearance on 14-under 266, down three places into a five-way T5, a distant seven back of champion Si Woo Kim.

The 32-year-old, who arrived off a T5 at the Rio Olympics, began the finale in solo second on 14-under, four in arrears to 54-hole leader Kim. Playing out of the final twosome, he conjured just six (of 14) fairways and hit 13 greens in regulation, posting negative numbers in all strokes gained categories with the exception of 0.864 SG: Around-the-Green. The Spaniard overshadowed birdie-3 at the eighth with bogeys on holes 2, 5 and 9 to turn 2-over before bouncing back with a birdie-birdie-eagle run on Nos. 13-15. Unfortunately, he halted the mojo with a 3-putt bogey-4 (from 33'2") at 16 and squared 17 as well (failed scramble). This was Cabrera Bello's 10th start of the season, making him rookie-eligible, and his third top 10, all doubling as top 5s.
Aug 21 - 8:45 PM

Sponsor invite Rafa Cabrera Bello orchestrated a 5-under-par 33-32=65 in the third round of the Wyndham Championship to reach 14-under 196, up four places to solo second, four back of 54-hole leader Si Woo Kim.

The 32-year-old co-led after an opening bogey-free 63 and dipped back to solo sixth with a second-round 68. He ate a double bogey-5 at the seventh with a tee ball into the water, but elsewhere was flawless, circling seven birdies on 15 greens in regulation. The Spaniard, who was eligible for STM after 4th at the Houston Open but declined, lost 0.901 strokes approaching-the-green, but gained 2.210 strokes on the greens, leading in the latter with a cumulative 8.215 in SGP. His split featured four conversions from greater than 11 feet with a long of 19'8" at the par-4 11th.
Aug 20 - 6:36 PM

Overnight co-leader Rafa Cabrera Bello settled for a 2-under-par 34-34=68 during the second round of the Wyndham Championship, reaching the weekend at 9-under 131.

The Spaniard split two more fairways compared to yesterday and landed three more greens. Despite the improved tee-to-green play, he circled three fewer birdies and also added a pair of bogeys instead of keeping a clean card like Thursday. His flat stick was the biggest cause for decline, losing 0.252 strokes putting today versus an incredible +6.178 in R1. On the bright side, RCB added his second eagle of the week when he poured in a 25'4" putt at the par-5 15th. Cabrera Bello has now seen both sides of the putting spectrum, and will enter the weekend with a clean slate, three strokes off the leader Si Woo Kim.
Aug 19 - 5:56 PM

Rafa Cabrera Bello roasted Sedgefield Country Club en route to a bogey-free, 7-under-par 32-31=63 during the opening round of the Wyndham Championship, taking the role of the early clubhouse leader.

The Spaniard opened with a 68 in his 2014 Wyndham debut before backpedaling to miss the cut. He's found a comfort zone in the States since then, posting four top 20s stateside in 2016 alone. He maintained that strong play today, pelting 13 greens and going 5-for-5 scrambling. That included a pair of par-savers from 13-to-15 feet. The Spaniard also splashed in five birdies from outside 13 feet. RCB walked off the course gaining 5.686 strokes with the flat stick. It's unlikely those putts will continue to fall throughout the week, but he's given himself a nice cushion to work with.
Aug 18 - 11:53 AM

Rafa Cabrera Bello cruised the Olympic Golf Course to card 3-under-par 32-36=68 and finish inside the top ten on 8-under 276 at the 31st Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro.

The Spaniard had opened with a smart 4-under 67 to find himself in contention Thursday evening, only to tread water with follow-up rounds of 70-71. But on Sunday he made a final move, confirming a top ten finish with his 68. He started his progress with a chip-in eagle-3 on the par-5 fifth, before adding a birdie on No. 9 with a 3'2" tap-in. A 2-putt birdie-4 on the tenth followed and another came on the final hole. In between he erred in 3-putting both 12 and 14 for bogeys. He striped 83% of the fairways through the week.
Aug 14 - 1:56 PM

Rafa Cabrera Bello bobbed and weaved to an even-par 36-35=71 in today's third round of the Men's Olympic Golf Competition to post 5-under 208, down one spot to T7, a distant seven in arrears to 54-hole leader Justin Rose of Great Britain.

The Spaniard began the third frame in a four-way T6 on 5-under, five back of 36-hole leader Marcus Fraser. Playing out of the penultimate threesome, he missed birdie chances at Nos. 1 and 3, both from inside of 12 feet, and then ate a double bogey-5 at the fourth, taking four to get on the surface. The 32-year-old bounced back with birdie-4 at the fifth (8'0") and turned in 1-over after bogey at the par-4 seventh (failed scramble) and a 35-inch birdie-3 at the ninth. He outpaced bogey at the 11th (failed scramble) with birdies on Nos. 10 and 13 the rest of the way.
Aug 13 - 3:55 PM

Rafa Cabrera Bello settled for a 1-under-par 38-32=70 during round two of the Men's Olympic Golf Competition, entering the weekend at 5-under 137.

The Spaniard sputtered out of the gates after rinsing his tee ball on the par-4 third then going fairway bunker to greenside bunker to greenside bunker (again) before finally reaching the green and saving triple from 11'5". He scribbled all pars otherwise before making the turn, which triggered the comeback. From there, RCB trickled in a 7'8" birdie at the par-5 10th and closed his round with a three-hole birdie train, all coming on putts from 7-to-10 feet. The Spaniard showed some great mental strength today, not letting the early blow-up hole derail his round. Currently solo sixth on the leaderboard, Cabrera Bello is right in the mix entering the weekend.
Aug 12 - 1:15 PM