CHASKA, Minn. – Rafa Cabrera Bello tees it up in the Ryder Cup with a proud Spanish tradition to uphold in his first appearance in the matches.
Seve Ballesteros, Jose Maria Olazabal, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Sergio Garcia have been keys to Europe’s Ryder Cup success.
Cabrera Bello, 32, isn’t saying whether he expects to be paired with Garcia this week, but he says he isn’t foolish enough to compare such teaming to the Spanish Armada, the nickname Ballesteros and Olazabal gained as the most successful partnership in Ryder Cup history
“It's going to be impossible for me to fill Seve's or Ollie's shoes,” said Cabrera Bello, a two-time European Tour winner. “I wouldn't want that task ahead of me. I'm just proud to know that a lot of great Spanish players have made the Ryder Cup, and now I am another one of them.”
Ballesteros and Olazabal teamed to go 11-2-2 as partners in fourballs and foursomes. The 12 points they won together is six more than any other partnership in Ryder Cup history.
“I don't expect to be paired with Sergio all the time, and even consider trying to beat Ollie's and Seve's record, because that would be a stupid task for me,” Cabrera Bello said.
European captain Darren Clarke says Cabrera Bello is adapting well in his first Ryder Cup.
“Rafa has just slipped into the whole thing,” Clarke said. “You'd think he'd played quite a few Ryder Cups before.”