Rafa Cabrera, his first top ten in six months

Laurie Canter, a 34-year-old from LIV, finally clinched his first victory on the European Tour (DP World Tour) by winning the European Open in Hamburg with 279 strokes (-13) after signing a 72, one under par

by Andrea Gussoni
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Rafa Cabrera, his first top ten in six months
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Laurie Canter, a 34-year-old from LIV, finally clinched his first victory on the European Tour (DP World Tour) by winning the European Open in Hamburg with 279 strokes (-13) after signing a 72, one under par, on the final round.

Rafa Cabrera, results

He secured a two-stroke lead over South African Lawrence and Austrian Wiesberger, who also returned to the circuit after his stint in the LIV. The best Spaniard was Gran Canaria's Rafa Cabrera, who carded a 72 (-1) on Sunday for a total of 284 (-8), finishing tied for 7th place, thus making it into the top ten, marking his best result in six months.

He was also tied for 7th place at the end of November at the Australian PGA, which is a qualifying event for the DP World Tour, and in 2023 he finished tied for 5th place in Thailand and tied for 10th place in Abu Dhabi. On European soil, the Canarian's last best finish was a tied 9th place at the PGA in Wentworth.

Canter sealed the tournament with a great birdie putt on the 16th hole, a par 5, opening up a 3-stroke gap with two holes to go. He made a bogey on the 17th and a par on the 18th to seal his first success on the European Tour.

The big loser of the day was Italian Guido Migliozzi, carding 78 strokes for 285 (-7) and an eighth-place finish after starting as co-leader. Catalan Pablo Larrazábal bid farewell with a total score of -6, while Asturian Iván Cantero finished with -4.

Rafael Cabrera-Bello, born on May 25, 1984, is a Spanish professional golfer renowned for his prowess on the European Tour, where he has secured victory four times. He has also competed on the PGA Tour. Cabrera-Bello hails from Las Palmas, Gran Canaria.

Introduced to golf at the age of six, he swiftly excelled, marking a triumphant journey through his amateur career. Notably, he clinched the Spanish National Championship across all age categories, from under-7 to under-18.

At 17, in 2002, he notably finished tied for fourth at the Canarias Open de España, a prestigious European Tour event. He pursued his education at the American School of Las Palmas. Notably, his sister, Emma Cabrera-Bello, shares his passion for golf, competing professionally on the Ladies European Tour (LET) and serving on the LET Board of Directors.

Turning professional at 20 in 2005, Cabrera-Bello narrowly missed securing a European Tour card at the final qualifying school. Nonetheless, he earned a berth on the second-tier Challenge Tour. In an auspicious debut season, he clinched his maiden professional victory at the MAN NÖ Open in Austria.

His impressive performance saw him finish 13th in the Challenge Tour rankings, paving his path to the European Tour the following year. The rookie season on the European Tour in 2007 posed challenges, with Cabrera-Bello struggling to secure noteworthy finishes.

Despite his efforts, he fell outside the top 200 on the Order of Merit. His quest to regain his playing status fell short at the end of the season's qualifying school, prompting a return to the Challenge Tour for 2008. However, he reclaimed success by securing victory at the 2008 Credit Suisse Challenge, ultimately earning graduation back to the main tour, finishing 14th in the rankings.

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