Rafael Cabrera-Bello may be an outside bet for a Ryder Cup wild card but a four under par 68 at Gleneagles kept the Spaniard in the hunt midway through the Johnnie Walker Championship.
The Dubai Desert Classic champion, 14th in the Ryder Cup Points List, is no doubt on the radar of José María Olazábal as he considers his two picks and while even a victory will leave him agonisingly short of automatic qualification, taking the title would certainly catch the European Captain’s attention.
Olazábal will announce his two wild cards at 12:00 on Monday, and with no rookies currently among the ten qualifiers, he may feel he has enough experience in the team already, opening the door for a talented young player such as Cabrera-Bello.
“There’s nothing I can do any more,” admitted Cabrera-Bello when asked if he was thinking about The Ryder Cup. “Even if I win I cannot make the team – I will be just short – so there’s nothing I can do and it is entirely the Captain’s decision. All I can do is play my best, try to show him I am in good form and playing well and winning here would be the best way of showing him that.”
A run of six birdies in his first nine holes showed his intentions and while he lost momentum coming in, he is only four off the early clubhouse lead.
“Today was a good score,” he said. “Four under around this course is a score I’ll always take and feel I might have a lower one for the week. I am still going to be in a good position for the weekend and that’s all I care about.”