The Canarian golfer Rafa Cabrera Bello, which recently lost the PGA card, brought out its best gaming version in the Spanish Open played at the Club de Campo de Madrid and won a tournament in which the great favorite, Jon Rahm, he fell a long way from victory and he left “frustrated”. Weighed down by the poor result of the third day, in which he was six strokes away from the leadership, that of Barrika, he had to appeal to an epic that did not give a single hint of becoming a reality on the last day and that prevented him from fulfilling the dream I had of equaling Severiano Ballesteros as a triple championship winner.
As happened at the Irish Open two years ago, when Rahm came back six strokes to Cabrera Bello on the final day, the Basque golfer entrusted himself to those memories to try to do the machado, although soon his illusions faded. In hole 2 he made a ‘bogey’ and in the seven another. “I’m frustrated,” he confessed later. It was then that the victory really happened to be a matter of two, from Barcelona Adrian Arnaus and the canary Rafa Cabrera Bello. Both starred in a beautiful duel that had to be solved in a playoff hole in which the canary was more successful, in part also to his profession as a veteran.
Until that tiebreaker, minimal advantages alternated in a day in which Cabrera Bello began with doubts due to a ‘double bogey’. After four birdies and a final hole in which he saved a match ball due to a mistake by Arnaus when he had the victory in sight. The Barcelona player played very safe all day except in the key moment, in which two mistakes left him with honey on his lips. Arnaus, who stroked his first professional title, completed a day with two ‘eagles’, two ‘birdies’ and two ‘bogey’. A record that allowed him to finish with 67 strokes (-4) and, above all, very good feelings in his continuous player growth.
The other side of the coin was that of Cabrera Bello, runner-up in 2019 and who now, two years later, took advantage of his opportunity after his brilliant third day to be crowned champion. The Canarian golfer, a professional since 2005, wrote his name in gold letters at the Spanish Open, a title that joins three others on the European Tour (Austrian Open in 2009, Omega Dubai Dessert Classic in 2012 and Scottish Open in 2017), as well as his contribution to the victory of the European team in the Eurasia Cup of 2018.
Another of the most prominent Spanish golfers was the young amateur David Puig, who, at 19 years old, signed 70 strokes (-1) on the last day, in which he even made an ‘eagle’, and closed his participation in the Spanish Open with 274 strokes (-10). One more day, the good weather accompanied the follow-up of the golfers, especially the Spanish, who were the ones who received the most applause from the more than ten thousand fans who came to the Club de Campo Villa de Madrid and that the available tickets were sold out. Among those who attended the final was Gareth Bale, Welsh Real Madrid player and renowned golf fan.