Acciona Open de España R3

Rafa Cabrera Bello moves into the lead

Open España 2021 R3
October 07-10
Club de Campo Villa de Madrid, Madrid, Spain
€1,500,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4

Acciona Open de España R3 - Rafa Cabrera Bello moves into the lead
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Spain’s Rafa Cabrera Bello posted a bogey-free 64 on Saturday to take a two-shot lead at 17-under in the Acciona Open de España presented by Madrid.


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He finished second in 2019 but has had a difficult time in the past two years and even dropped out of the top 200 in the Official World Ranking.

“Today was one of my favourite days ever out there, in front of my countrymen, playing on a course that I Iove and with beautiful conditions, I felt really good. I felt their support – I was getting goosebumps almost every hole hearing them yelling my name, it was very special and I’m very proud that I could put on a show for them.”


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” I played really good, I drove it well, I hit really good iron shots and I did hole some very nice important putts. I guess that’s what happens when you’re playing good.

“It would be amazing [to win]. I’ve won every Spanish amateur title there is and I’m missing this one which would be the pinnacle of Spanish golf. I’m going to have a very good chance at it tomorrow but I’m sure there’ll be more chances in the future too so I’ll just go out there, have fun, feed off the crowd and try to put on a show for them again.”


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Fellow countryman Adri Arnaus signed for a 67 and a share of second place alongside France’s Julien Guerrier (66) closely followed by Englishman Jack Seniot who fired a 65 to take solo fourth place.

“It was great to see that I can go a bit deeper and it was a good confidence booster because I have been working on a few things outside the course, so for it to translate on the course it felt nice, and today kind of worked as well.”

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“The course is playing a bit trickier, a bit firmer, it wasn’t easy to get to pins but I think we did a pretty good job on the front nine. The putts went a bit long, I was lucky enough to have a good look on nine and ten to take advantage of those, and eleven, but in the end you just try the best you can.”


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Wil Besseling, who led after the second round, extended his lead with three birdies and a bogey on the front nine before making another bogey and a double bogey at the par-4 15th to close with a 72. He shares fifth place with India’s Shubhankar Sharma (70) as well as Frenchman Alexander Levy (65) and Englishman Richard Bland (64), both bogey-free.

World number 1 Jon Rahm slipped down into a share of ninth place alongside Scotsman Grant Forrest (70) after three bogeys and a double bogey at the par-4 5th led to a 72.


Open España 2021 R3

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Rafa Cabrera Bello
-17
67
65
64
196
T2
Adri Arnaus
-15
67
64
67
198
T2
Julien Guerrier
-15
66
66
66
198
4
Jack Senior
-14
67
67
65
199
T5
Shubhankar Sharma
-12
67
64
70
201
T5
Wil Besseling
-12
64
65
72
201
T5
Alexander Levy
-12
72
64
65
201
T5
Richard Bland
-12
69
68
64
201
T9
Grant Forrest
-11
65
67
70
202
T9
Jon Rahm
-11
63
67
72
202
T9
Ross McGowan
-11
61
70
71
202
T9
Matthew Jordan
-11
68
65
69
202
T9
David Drysdale
-11
64
70
68
202
T9
Marc Warren
-11
66
67
69
202
T9
Lucas Bjerregaard
-11
66
68
68
202
T16
Pablo Larrazabal
-10
67
66
70
203
T16
Santiago Tarrio
-10
66
68
69
203
T16
Jamie Donaldson
-10
64
70
69
203
T16
Adrian Otaegui
-10
68
70
65
203
T16
Ryan Fox
-10
65
71
67
203
T21
George Coetzee
-9
69
69
66
204
T21
Victor Dubuisson
-9
67
68
69
204
T21
Jean Baptiste Gonnet
-9
68
68
68
204
T21
Joachim B. Hansen
-9
68
66
70
204
T21
Scott Jamieson
-9
66
68
70
204
T21
Jazz Janewattananond
-9
67
67
70
204
T21
Mikko Korhonen
-9
69
66
69
204
T21
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
-9
67
69
68
204
T21
Adrian Meronk
-9
69
68
67
204
T21
Edoardo Molinari
-9
67
70
67
204
T21
Wilco Nienaber
-9
71
65
68
204
T21
Renato Paratore
-9
67
70
67
204
T21
David Puig (a)
-9
68
67
69
204
T21
Alvaro Quiros
-9
71
67
66
204
T21
Bernd Wiesberger
-9
70
67
67
204
T36
Jorge Campillo
-8
67
70
68
205
T36
Andrew Johnston
-8
70
68
67
205
T36
Joakim Lagergren
-8
65
69
71
205
T36
John Murphy (a)
-8
68
68
69
205
T36
Jordan Smith
-8
66
71
68
205
T36
Fabrizio Zanotti
-8
69
66
70
205
42
Min Woo Lee
-7
67
69
70
206
T43
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño
-6
68
68
71
207
T43
Calum Hill
-6
70
68
69
207
T43
Jacobo Pastor
-6
71
66
70
207
T43
Kalle Samooja
-6
67
72
68
207
T43
Graeme Storm
-6
71
67
69
207
T48
Thomas Aiken
-5
69
68
71
208
T48
Marcus Armitage
-5
69
68
71
208
T48
Nino Bertasio
-5
67
71
70
208
T48
Steven Brown
-5
68
68
72
208
T48
Aaron Cockerill
-5
66
69
73
208
T48
Dave Coupland
-5
68
69
71
208
T48
Luke Donald
-5
69
70
69
208
T48
Lorenzo Gagli
-5
70
69
69
208
T48
Francesco Laporta
-5
67
71
70
208
T57
Ashley Chesters
-4
71
66
72
209
T57
Søren Kjeldsen
-4
69
69
71
209
T57
Niklas Lemke
-4
68
69
72
209
T57
Zander Lombard
-4
72
67
70
209
T57
Jason Scrivener
-4
71
68
70
209
T57
Andy Sullivan
-4
67
70
72
209
T57
Connor Syme
-4
67
69
73
209
T57
Darius van Driel
-4
67
71
71
209
T65
Oliver Farr
-3
72
67
71
210
T65
David Law
-3
70
69
71
210
T65
Richie Ramsay
-3
69
69
72
210
T65
Antoine Rozner
-3
67
72
71
210
T65
Robin Sciot-Siegrist
-3
65
73
72
210
T65
Justin Walters
-3
71
68
71
210
T71
Darren Fichardt
-2
70
66
75
211
T71
Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez
-2
62
73
76
211
T71
David Horsey
-2
66
70
75
211
T71
Maximilian Kieffer
-2
71
68
72
211
T71
Haotong Li
-2
68
71
72
211
T76
Ross Fisher
-1
69
70
73
212
T76
Nicolai Højgaard
-1
73
66
73
212
T76
Chris Paisley
-1
70
69
73
212
T79
Daniel Gavins
+1
69
68
77
214
T79
Ashun Wu
+1
66
73
75
214
CUT
Alejandro Cañizares
-2
69
71
140
CUT
Gavin Kyle Green
-2
70
70
140
CUT
Romain Langasque
-2
66
74
140
CUT
James Morrison
-2
72
68
140
CUT
Matthieu Pavon
-2
68
72
140
CUT
Eddie Pepperell
-2
70
70
140
CUT
Tapio Pulkkanen
-2
69
71
140
CUT
Joel Stalter
-2
70
70
140
CUT
Dale Whitnell
-2
69
71
140
CUT
Jeff Winther
-2
72
68
140
CUT
Jonathan Caldwell
-1
73
68
141
CUT
Raphael Jacquelin
-1
69
72
141
CUT
Sami Valimaki
-1
70
71
141
CUT
Oliver Wilson
-1
73
68
141
CUT
John Catlin
E
70
72
142
CUT
Sean Crocker
E
70
72
142
CUT
Samuel Del Val
E
71
71
142
CUT
Ignacio Elvira Mijares
E
70
72
142
CUT
Justin Harding
E
75
67
142
CUT
Benjamin Hebert
E
73
69
142
CUT
Scott Hend
E
73
69
142
CUT
Masahiro Kawamura
E
71
71
142
CUT
Sihwan Kim
E
70
72
142
CUT
Garrick Porteous
E
70
72
142
CUT
Haydn Porteous
E
71
71
142
CUT
Matti Schmid
E
69
73
142
CUT
Kristoffer Broberg
+1
73
70
143
CUT
Guido Migliozzi
+1
74
69
143
CUT
Joel Moscatel
+1
71
72
143
CUT
Robin Roussel
+1
70
73
143
CUT
Ricardo Santos
+1
70
73
143
CUT
Matthew Southgate
+1
75
68
143
CUT
Julian Suri
+1
73
70
143
CUT
Gaganjeet Bhullar
+2
75
69
144
CUT
Oliver Fisher
+2
72
72
144
CUT
Rikard Karlberg
+2
72
72
144
CUT
Victor Perez
+2
71
73
144
CUT
Sebastian Soderberg
+2
72
72
144
CUT
Daniel van Tonder
+2
71
73
144
CUT
Pep Angles
+3
75
70
145
CUT
Richard McEvoy
+3
74
71
145
CUT
Cormac Sharvin
+3
75
70
145
CUT
Eduardo De la Riva
+4
74
72
146
CUT
Marcus Kinhult
+4
74
72
146
CUT
Thorbjørn Olesen
+4
70
76
146
CUT
Maverick Antcliff
+5
74
73
147
CUT
David Howell
+5
74
73
147
CUT
Carlos Sanchez Molina
+5
73
74
147
CUT
Andrea Pavan
+6
77
71
148
CUT
Alfonso Buendia
+9
77
74
151
CUT
Gordan Brixi
+10
74
78
152
RETD
Joel Sjoholm
+2
22
22