Rafa Cabrera Bello pulls three clear in Hong Kong


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Rafa Cabrera Bello will take a three-shot lead into the third round of the UBS Hong Kong Open after carding a five-under-par score of 65 on Friday.

The Spaniard, who is available at 1.67 to win the event, is now on 11-under for the tournament after producing a round that included six birdies and just one bogey, at the par three fifth.

The 32-year-old has been one of the most consistent performers on the European Tour during 2016, as he has not missed a single cut during the calendar year, while he also made his Ryder Cup debut for Europe in September.

Despite his fine form, Cabrera Bello has not claimed a victory on the European Tour since his triumph at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic in 2012, but despite his recent drought, the 32-year-old is convinced he will return to winning ways sooner rather than later.

“I know I will win again,” he said. “I’ve won before. I just need to keep giving myself chances. “I have been working on some mistakes that maybe I have done on other occasions.

I don’t think I’m doing anything wrong not to get the win, so it will happen. Hopefully it will happen in two days’ time.”

Australian Sam Brazel is Cabrera Bello’s nearest rival on eight under after he carded his second successive round of 66, while a group of four players, including Masters champion Danny Willett are two shots further back.

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