“I WAS SO FAR BACK I wasn’t thinking about winning. I just tried to play a shot at a time and today it worked out really, really good.”
That was Rafael Cabrera Bello talking after winning the Austrian Golf Open at Fontana Golf Club on the outskirts of Vienna, his first European Tour title.
And Cabrera Bello was exactly right. Why would he dare entertain any thoughts of winning? The Spaniard was eight shots back going into the final round. Speaking of eight, Cabrera Bello had also missed eight of his last 10 cuts. He wasn’t exactly a favorite to win—or even to play on the weekend.
So, what happened?
The 25-year-old shot a 60 in the final round. (He had an eagle putt for 59 on the 18th green.) Cabrera Bello humbled the course, the field—even himself—and was in a state of shock when the tournament ended and he realized he had won the thing.
“It’s just amazing—I played the best golf of my life and I can’t believe it,” he said.
The final-round 60 bested his previous lowest European Tour score of 64.
−The Armchair Golfer