Rafa Cabrera, winner of the Spanish Golf Open in 2021, declared this Tuesday in the presentation of the tournament that he arrives "with a smile" at this year's edition, also at the Club de Campo de Madrid, and stressed that "defending the champion title is special" The Canarian golfer achieved victory in 2021 after beating Adri Arnaus in a playoff hole.
This year he defends the title in a championship to which he arrives after "regaining the confidence" that he needed.
Rafa Cabrera, statements
"I arrive with a very big smile, because defending the title is always very special and more so in a field that I like so much.
For friends, family and the Madrid public, with the permission of all my teammates, I am going to make it as difficult as possible for them my rivals," Cabrera said at the Madrid city hall. "Last year I felt more lost, I didn't finish finding the good feelings, and I don't understand how I was able to find that bit of magic and recover the confidence that I needed so much to be able to take the trophy.
Now I arrive in excellent condition and I consider myself much more prepared than I was last year. I'm calmer this week than I was last year," he confessed. The Canarian golfer has changed his way of playing after modifying his training sessions and he is more confident with the performance he is having.
"I have worked a lot on my game, I have changed things about the swing and I am seeing its fruits. Every day that I go to play or train I come out stronger, they have shown it in recent weeks. Before, I had a hard time in the sense that we spent many hours and if you don't see results, you create that frustration.
There were countless hours practicing to not find what you were looking for, "he said. Target Ryder
"When you don't understand or don't find the root of the problem, it becomes hard, but professional sport is hard. For hurting myself I won't tolerate those situations.
If I try one thing and it doesn't work, I move on to another. Even if I don't enjoy the results, I do want to enjoy the process to try to be the golfer that I can be," he said. One of the objectives of the season is to try to qualify for the Ryder Cup, something that "will not be easy".
"Qualifying for the Ryder is one of the important goals. I know it will be difficult because the classification system has changed but I'm going to try," said Rafa, who "loves" the Club de Campo de Madrid. "I love this course.
It doesn't favor any particular type of player. Jon Rahm has qualities of hitting longer distance that most players can't get but it's a very varied and very balanced course. He doesn't have an easy time or extremely difficult," he concluded.