Rafa Cabrera Bello insisted good scores were “right around the corner” earlier this week and he’s been proved right after matching his lowest European Tour round of the season on day two of the Open de Espana.
The Dubai-based star followed an opening 67 with a 65 to move to 10-under – three strokes behind leader Will Besseling - as he targets a first win since claiming his maiden Rolex Series title at the 2017 Scottish Open.
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“I’m not going to dwell on what happens on the course, just focus on the positives and let it take care of itself,” said the Spaniard. “I’m very happy, very pleased with it,” he said. “I felt I played good, I gave myself lots of chances, I drove it better today which was something that I wanted to do.
“I had a couple of loose swings but overall the game was good. I gave myself lots of opportunities and some dropped and some didn’t. Overall, I’m very pleased with six birdies and no bogeys.
“I’m trying not to pay too much attention to my mistakes. I think that’s what I haven’t been doing great over the last couple of years.
“After every round I’ve been focusing too much on what I did wrong as opposed to just getting more energy from the positives.
“I’m not dwelling, I go and do my practice routine like always and as long as it feels good on practice, I’m not going to dwell on what happens on the course, just focus on the positives and let it take care of itself.”
Fellow Dubai resident, Adri Arnaus, is also in the hunt at Club de Campo Villa de Madrid after posting a brilliant 64 to go with his 67 in the first round to sit in a share of third on 11-under.
Two-time DP World Tour Championship winner and World No. 1 Jon Rahm is a shot better off in second as he looks to chase down Collin Morikawa at the top of the Race to Dubai rankings.