March 05, 2014
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
- Rafael Cabrera Bello is a two-time winner in Europe.
Rafael Cabrera Bello has only played in 14 PGA TOUR events during his career, and all but two of those starts have been made at majors or World Golf Championships events.
But the 29-year-old, who has won twice on the European Tour, wouldn't mind having the opportunity to make a few more appearances in the U.S. like this week at the Puerto Rico Open presented by seepuertorico.com.
"I'm happy playing in Europe to be fair, but obviously the PGA TOUR, I mean, it's the world top, top tour," Cabrera Bello said. "If you really have to pick one that's the best tour, you would definitely say the PGA TOUR.
"But I would like to play both. I would like to do what many European guys do, play in Europe, as well, but then come here when it's too cold for us to play in Europe. So yeah, that would be my dream schedule, yes."
Cabrera Bello is playing on a sponsor's exemption this week at Trump National, a course where he says you need to drive it well to avoid the ample water hazards. He enters with some confidence, too, after tying for fourth in Abu Dhabi and third in Qatar earlier this year.
"Each week is a new week," Cabrera Bello said. "Anything can really happen, but I'm happy with the way I'm hitting the ball. I'm happy with all parts of my game so far, so I think if I get the putter hot and the rest stays as good as I know I can, I should be enjoying a good week again."
Adding to Cabrera Bello's comfort zone this week is the lifestyle in Puerto Rico.
"I myself am from the Canary Islands, so this is similar," he explained. "Many of my friends from Spain, they say that we speak very similar to people from here, from the Caribbean, so it's nice.
"I think this is a beautiful country, really, really rich culture, and I definitely enjoy all the local amenities."