Rafa Cabrera Bello wins his first tournament in 5 years

No, there wasn’t any dramatic moments on the green and golfers tempers weren’t at the forefront of the conversation. Nevertheless, the European Tour did not disappoint this weekend, and neither did Spain’s son.

For the second consecutive week a Spaniard took home a championship on the European Tour. Spanish golfers haven’t been this caliente across the pond since Seve Ballesteros and José María Olazábal dominated decades ago.

It was not Sergio Garcia who stole the headlines, and Jon Rahm did not return to the spotlight this week either. Instead it was Rafa Cabrera Bello who took home his first win in five years at the 2017 Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.

Similar to Rahm’s final round last weekend, Cabrera Bello took home the championship with a course-record 64 on Sunday, which brought his tournament score down to 13-under par. Despite his recording setting round, it took a playoff hole before the 33-year-old Las Palmas native secured the win.

“I’m extremely happy,” Cabrera Bello said. “I’ve won before and I have been up there so many, many times with things not really working out for myself. I was starting to feel a little bit of pressure every time I was up there contending.

“I really felt I played some of the best golf of my life today. In the playoff, I really gave it a go and I’m extremely pleased it worked out for me. Winning again, it’s an unbelievable feeling. I think I was overdue.

“I enjoy those pressure situations. I think they really define you.”

Cabrera Bello has been tested before, but the outcome wasn’t as triumphant. Ever since his win in the 2012 Dubai Desert Classic, he has placed second six times. Dundonald Links ended up being a different story.

He entered the day four strokes off the lead, and at the turn faced pressure from England’s Callum Shinkwin — who Cabrera Bello would later beat on the 19th hole. He answered Skinkwin’s three consecutive birdies on the front nine with some of his own on the 12th, 14th, 17th, and 18th.

He received praise from a host of competitors, including his countrymen.

Cabrera Bello’s execution in the final three holes was as good as it gets. Now after Garcia’s Masters Championships, Rahm’s first European Tour win, and this most recent win, there’s only one thing to say: ¡Viva España!

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