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Cabrera Bello: Garcia's win will further inspire country

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HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – Growing up in Spain, Rafa Cabrera Bello idolized Jose Maria Olazabal and the two-time Masters champion’s record at Augusta National. It wasn’t until he turned pro that his attention shifted to another Spaniard.

“When I was 10 years old, Sergio had just turned pro, so it was Jose Maria, but more recently Sergio and I have played a lot of golf together and have become really close friends,” Cabrera Bello said on Tuesday at the RBC Heritage.

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Cabrera Bello said Garcia’s victory on Sunday at Augusta National will continue to inspire future generations of Spanish golfers and grow the country’s affinity for the year’s first major.

“Seve [Ballesteros] and Ollie had a huge impact on golf and their records at the Masters was a huge part of that,” Cabrera Bello said. “It’s just a really, really special place.”

Asked if he dreamed of sinking the winning putt to claim a green jacket as a child, Cabrera Bello smiled, “I still do that now.”