Rafa Cabrera Bello borders on glory in Abu Dhabi and finishes second behind Thomas Pieters



The nerves were able to Rafael Cabrera Bello at the moment of truth. The golfer from Gran Canaria had in his hands the fifth title of his career after a sublime week at the HSBC Championship in Abu Dhabi. On the last day he came to lead the tournament until the 14th hole, when his arm began to seize up just as made his room birdies of the day to tie with Thomas Pieters. From there the world came crashing down on him and the Belgian took advantage of the situation and he won the tournament ahead of the insular.

In the absence of four pitches to conclude the last day, Cabrera Bello was leading in Abu Dhabi, but after signing his fourth birdies and facing the final stretch with good feelings to win the title, an unstoppable downhill came. Hole 15: bogey; hole 16, bogey; in the penultimate he got the pair and although in the end he returned to leave another birdies, it was no longer enough and he was left with nine shots under par, one more than Pieters.

The official narration of the tournament cataloged the end as "exciting", putting the focus on the heads-up between a Pieters who is about to turn 30, and who delighted lovers of green in the capital of the United Arab Emirates. The Belgian golfer is done in this way with the sixth title of his career; while Cabrera Bello was on the verge of repeating his last victory, the one achieved in October of last year at the Acciona Open de España.

Even so, the island golfer is in luck because the second place in the tournament played in the Middle East brings him a total prize of 610,736.36 euros. Same amount as the third classified, the Indian Shubhankar Sharma, with whom he tied at 694.5 points after 279 hits.

For his part, the Scotsman Scott Jamieson, leader during the three days played until the last day, was diluted like a sugar cube and the pressure was also powerful, but in a more impressive way, as he signed a horrible card with five shots over par, which sent him directly to tenth position, placing himself four behind Pieters. A distance not very far, shows the good performances of the Glasgow at the start of the appointment in Abu Dhabi.

For its part, the Spanish Navy, with the current number 1 in the world, the Biscayan Jon Rahm in front, they couldn't redirect their course. The one from Barrika concluded his performance in 62nd place, very far from his intentions of being able to come back in the last days and was 15 strokes behind the champion (14 from Cabrera Bello). Adri Arnaus, for his part, finished 20th and Pablo Larrazábal, in 25th position.



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