20 Things You Didn't Know About Rafa Cabrera Bello

How well do you know Spaniard Rafa Cabrera Bello?

Things You Didn't Know About Rafa Cabrera Bello
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How well do you know Spaniard Rafa Cabrera Bello?

20 Things You Didn't Know About Rafa Cabrera Bello

1. He was born in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Spain

2. His childhood home backed onto Maspalomas Golf Club, where he played his first round

3. He started playing golf aged 6

4. Rafa won the Spanish National Championship in every age category from under-7 all the way to under-18

5. He finished T4th at the 2002 Spanish Open as a 17-year-old amateur

6. He turned pro in 2005

7. His sister Emma plays on the Ladies European Tour and his brother Miguel has played on the Challenge Tour

8. He is a keen surfer

9. He owns a house in Bali, Indonesia

10. He married Sofia Lundstedt in December 2017 after getting engaged in September 2016. She is of Swedish descent and worked for the European Tour in Client Relations and Business Development

11. They had their first child together in August 2019, a daughter named Alva Margareta Cabrera Lundstedt

12. Rafa Studied business, economics and business law at university but never completed his degree as his golf career took over

13. He made his Ryder Cup debut in 2016 at Hazeltine, where he was unbeaten in three matches with two wins and a draw. He was the only member of the European Team to go unbeaten

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14. He was on the victorious Junior Ryder Cup team in 1999

15. He won on the Challenge Tour in 2006 and 2008

16. His maiden European Tour title came at the 2009 Austrian Open where he shot a final round 60 (-11)

17. His other two European Tour wins were the 2012 Dubai Desert Classic and the 2017 Scottish Open

18. His best Major performance was a T4th at the 2017 Open at Royal Birkdale

19. He finished T5th at the 2016 Olympic Games

20. He often wears white, yellow and blue, which are the colours of the Canary Islands

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Elliott Heath
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Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-6. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!


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