Rafael Cabrera-Bello

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Rafael Cabrera-Bello
— Golfer —
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Personal information
Full name Rafael Cabrera-Bello
Nickname Rafa
Born (1984-05-25) 25 May 1984 (age 30)
Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Spain
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 81 kg (179 lb; 12.8 st)
Nationality  Spain
Residence Maspalomas, Gran Canaria, Spain
Career
Turned professional 2005
Current tour(s) European Tour
Professional wins 5
Number of wins by tour
European Tour 2
Challenge Tour 2
Other 1
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament DNP
U.S. Open T47: 2010
The Open Championship T21: 2013
PGA Championship T29: 2013

Rafael "Rafa" Cabrera-Bello (born 25 May 1984) is a Spanish professional golfer who plays on the European Tour.

Professional career[edit]

Cabrera-Bello was born in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria. He first played golf aged six and went on to enjoy a successful amateur career, winning the Spanish National Championship at every age group level from under-7 through under-18. In 2002, as a 17-year-old amateur, he finished in a tie for fourth at the Open de Espana,[1] a European Tour event. He turned professional at the age of 20 in 2005, having narrowly missed out obtaining a European Tour card at final qualifying school. His performance did ensure a place for the second tier Challenge Tour.

In a successful first season Cabrera-Bello recorded his maiden professional victory, at the MAN NÖ Open in Austria. He finished the season 13th in the Tour rankings, earning him a place on the following year's European Tour. He struggled during his rookie season in 2007, failing to finish better than tied for 18th in any tournament as he finished outside the top 200 on the Order of Merit. He failed to regain his playing status at the end of season qualifying school and returned to the Challenge Tour for 2008. His second professional victory came in the 2008 Credit Suisse Challenge, and he ended the year by once again earning graduation to the main tour, finishing 14th in the rankings.

Cabrera-Bello's second season of European Tour golf proved far more successful. In his first eleven events, he missed only one cut, finishing in the top 10 on four occasions and the top 20 a further five times. After such a promising start to the season he suffered a slump in form, making only 2 of his next 10 cuts. However, he bounced back in dramatic style at the Austrian Open in September. Lying nine shots off the lead after the first two rounds, he recorded a third round 66 to move up the leaderboard, before firing a record-equalling 11-under-par final round of 60 to claim victory by one shot ahead of Benn Barham, who had led for the entire tournament. His performance equalled the record for any round on the European Tour, and was only the third time a player had carded a final round 60 to win a tour event.[1] In 2012 he claimed the biggest win of his career at the Dubai Desert Classic against a field containing three of the world's top four.

Professional wins (5)[edit]

European Tour wins (2)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 20 Sep 2009 Austrian Golf Open –20 (71-67-66-60=278) 1 stroke England Benn Barham
2 12 Feb 2012 Omega Dubai Desert Classic –18 (63-69-70-68=270) 1 stroke Scotland Stephen Gallacher, England Lee Westwood

European Tour playoff record (0–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponents Result
1 2014 BMW International Open France Grégory Havret, Sweden Henrik Stenson,
Paraguay Fabrizio Zanotti
Zanotti won with par on fifth extra hole
Cabrera-Bello eliminated with par on fourth hole
Havret eliminated with birdie on second hole

Challenge Tour wins (2)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 23 Jul 2006 MAN NÖ Open –16 (61-68-66-69=264) 2 strokes Austria Niki Zitny
2 13 Jul 2008 Credit Suisse Challenge –25 (67-64-68-68=267) 2 strokes England Gary Lockerbie

Other wins (1)[edit]

  • 2005 Canarias Professional Championship (as an amateur)

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open T47 DNP CUT DNP DNP
The Open Championship DNP DNP T81 T21 CUT
PGA Championship DNP DNP CUT T29 73

DNP = did not play
CUT = missed the half way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place.
Yellow background for top-10.

Team appearances[edit]

Amateur

Professional

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Rafael Cabrera Bello wins Austrian Open with final round of 60". The Guardian. 20 September 2009. Retrieved 21 September 2009. 

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