Saturday, 06 February 2016
Rafa Cabrera-Bello  (Getty Images)
Rafa Cabrera-Bello (Getty Images)

Rafa Cabrera-Bello is hoping his experience at Emirates Golf Cub can help him win a second Omega Dubai Desert Classic on Sunday.

The Spaniard was victorious here in 2012 and heads into the final round just one shot behind Danny Willett after a third consecutive circuit of 67.

That 2012 triumph was Cabrera-Bello's second and most recent European Tour win and, despite the four-year gap, he still believes that experience will stand him in good stead.

"There's still a lot to play for," he said. "I need to play aggressive, keep playing as well as I am to give myself a chance.

"Lots of players are not far off the lead and all of them are going to have a chance tomorrow and they are definitely all as hungry as I am, if not more so.

"So I'll just play my best, stay positive, try to make lots of birdies and hope the putts keep going in.

The win was a long time ago, but I know what to do around here to win so that will give me extra confidence if the opportunity comes tomorrow - Rafa Cabrera-Bello

Cabrera-Bello is a man in form after finishing in a tie for second at last week's Commercial Bank Qatar Masters, and he looked inspired early in his round when he holed a brilliant bunker shot for eagle on the third and followed it with a birdie.

Dropped shots on the seventh and 12th stalled his progress but he rallied with birdies on the 14th and 17th to emerge as Willett's nearest challenger.

"I'm very pleased with the score, five under again, and I'm really happy to be just one behind the leader," he added. "The conditions were a little easier than yesterday, with a little less wind, but the fairways are getting firmer, the rough is growing a bit and the greens are a bit harder and faster every day."

Andy Sullivan is a shot behind Cabrera-Bello after a second consecutive flawless 66 made it 53 holes without a dropped shot for the Englishman.

"I think I found something with my driving," he said. "I was struggling with it in Abu Dhabi, and struggled with it on Thursday, but just found a bit more rhythm on the ball and managed to keep it in the fairways.

"The times I have missed the fairways, I seem to get a birdie in the right place and recover somehow. Things seem to be going my way at the moment.

"My iron play is really good this week, so if I keep on doing that, I know I'm going to give myself chances. It's very satisfying to be where I am on the leaderboard and I can't wait until tomorrow."

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Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1WILLETT, DannyENG18-19
T4QUIROS, AlvaroESP18-16
T4AN, Byeong HunKOR18-16

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