Who's who: Rafael Cabrera Bello

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Who's who: Rafael Cabrera Bello

  • Name:

    Rafael "Rafa" Cabrera Bello
  • Country:

    Spain
  • Born:

    May 25, 1984 in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Spain.
  • Original/Home Club:

  • Occupation:

    Professional golfer
  • Turned Pro:

    2005

Roll of Honour

Ryder Cup player (2016). Multiple wins on the European Tour.

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Turning professional in 2005, "Rafa" made his way onto the full European Tour in 2007, recording his first victory in 2009. His second and biggest win (to date) came at the 2012 Dubai Desert Classic. Although further wins have eluded him, several runner-up and top 10 finishes led to his inclusion in the 2016 Ryder Cup team. Although on the losing side, he recorded one of only four Sunday singles wins for the Europeans, and was the team's third highest points contributor with 2.5 points from three matches.

Top tournaments won by Rafael Cabrera Bello

2021
Europe
265 (-19)
€233,900
ACCIONA

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Cabrera Bello, Rafael

Score

265 (-19)

Prize money

€233,900

Title sponsor

ACCIONA

Played as the ACCIONA Open de España (Oct 7-10). Rafael "Rafa" Cabrera-Bello (Esp) beat fellow Spaniard Adri Arnaus (Esp) with a birdie at the first playoff hole (par-4 18th), to win his home national title. Cabrera-Bello had previously won this event at every age level from under-seven to under-18 as an amateur. [Club de Campo Villa de Madrid, Madrid, Spain].

2017
Europe
275 (-13)
€1,019,896
AAM

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Cabrera Bello, Rafael

Score

275 (-13)

Prize money

€1,019,896

Title sponsor

AAM

Played as the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open (July 13-16; fourth of eight European Tour Rolex Series events). Rafael "Rafa" Cabrera-Bello (Esp) beat Callum Shinkwin (Eng) with a birdie at the first playoff hole (par-5 18th). [Dundonald Links, Gailes, Ayrshire].

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Cabrera Bello, Rafael

Score

270 (-18)

Prize money

€315,532

Title sponsor

Omega

Played as the Omega Dubai Desert Classic (Feb 9-12; European Tour event). Second-placed Stephen Gallacher (Scot) and Lee Westwood (Eng) finished 1 shot behind Rafa Cabrera-Bello (Esp), who recorded his second European Tour win. [Majlis course, Emirates GC, Dubai, UAE].

2009
Europe
264 (-20)
€166,660
x

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Cabrera Bello, Rafael

Venue

Fontana

Score

264 (-20)

Prize money

€166,660

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Austrian Golf Open (Sept 17-20; Eurpn Tr event). Second-placed Benn Barham (Eng) finished 1 shot behind first-time European Tour winner Cabrera-Bello (Esp). The Spaniard became the 13th player to shoot a European Tour record round of 60, and only the third to achieve it on the last day and win. [Fontana GC, Oberwaltersdorf, nr Vienna, Austria].

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