Cabrera Bello soars at #UBSHKOpen

Thu 08 Dec 2016

Cabrera Bello soars at #UBSHKOpen

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Hong Kong, December 8: Spaniard Rafa Cabrera Bello eagled the last hole from the fairway to grab the clubhouse lead on six-under-par 64 in the on-going first round of the UBS Hong Kong Open on Thursday.
The two-time European Tour winner started from the 11th tee and produced four birdies before ending the round on a high note at the venerable Hong Kong Golf Club.
Cabrera Bello leads by two shots over seven players which include Americans Paul Peterson and David Lipsky, the 2014 Asian Tour Order of Merit leader and Jorge Campillo at the US$2 million event sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour.
Australia’s Sam Brazel, who finished tied 15th on home soil last week, also finished in a share of second place alongside Englishmen Tommy Fleetwood and Jordan L Smith.
The world number 33 Cabrera Bello, who was part of the European Ryder Cup team this year, continued his fine form in 2016 where he notched two runner-up results and four other top five finishes.
“Yeah, that was nice. I had perfect distance, hit really good shot and was surprised to see it go in. But I had never really finished a round like that, and felt nice,” said the 32-year-old.
Paul Peterson of the USA Paul Peterson of the USA
“I played really smart today, made very little mistakes, even though I hit every green, pretty much all of them, didn't give myself in trouble off the tee. I was in control of the round all day and putted nicely, too, so it was nice work out there,” he added.
Cabrera Bello was delighted to play alongside Spanish star Miguel Angel Jimenez, who is searching for an unprecedented fifth victory at the UBS Hong Kong Open this week.
“Yeah, it's always a pleasure to play beside him and obviously here where he has had so much success. He had a couple dropped shots that kind of broke the momentum for him, but he's playing good and he'll be back in the leaderboard soon,” said the Spaniard.
After recovering from a sinus operation, Peterson fired his best round at the Fanling course in his first competitive tournament since October.
“So I came off sinus surgery a few weeks back and haven't really done much, and so expectations are low and just trying to have fun with Luke and kind of get in our own little world. It was cool to see some putts drop,” he said.
“The energy is so much better. I don’t remember the last time I breathed this well. So it was nice to feel good and be energized and definitely felt a lot better coming overseas,” said Peterson, who won the Czech Masters in August.
Despite winning on the European Tour this year, Peterson is fighting to save his Asian Tour card as he currently sits in 66th place on the Order of Merit and needs to finish six rungs better after this week.
Ends.