AT&T Byron Nelson

Thursday, May 13, 2021

McKinney, Texas, USA

TPC Craig Ranch

Rafa Cabrera Bello

Quick Quotes

Q. An 8-under 64 to start the tournament. Must be a great way to get good start here?

RAFA CABRERA BELLO: Yes, absolutely. I mean, obviously very pleased with the round. It's been a tough year. I'm not really finding much of, I mean, my best golf, but today felt really nice. I played overall very good. No regrets.

I got off to a very, very strong start and was maybe a time where I had a long putt to save par, would've meant the second bogey of the day, and I managed to hole that and I gained momentum at the end and finished strong.

Q. You had the chip-in on the first hole, right?


Q. When you made that, did you think this was going to be a special round?

RAFA CABRERA BELLO: No. To be fair, the last two events I missed the cut and I started with birdie first hole that I played, so I told my brother, I hope this doesn't mean that we're going to play bad the rest of the day. So that was the first thing that went through my mind.

Then I birdie the next hole. I was like, okay. So just put some in the credit department.

Q. Glad it ended up okay.


Q. You mentioned your game has been up and down. What's been the challenge and what was difference today?

RAFA CABRERA BELLO: Well, I mean, I struggle mainly with the irons. Short game in general has been good. Putting has been streaky, but in general I wasn't really worried about it. Driving, normally, I mean, I don't drive it very long but I tend to be accurate enough. It's been the irons. Haven't been hitting as many greens, not giving myself lots of decent birdie chances, so then I'm obviously putting a lot of pressure at putt and the short game as well.

Today I felt I hit lots of great iron shots. I'm curious to check the stats and see the shots gained, but I really hit them close as well. So, yeah, I mean, that's clearly the biggest difference, yeah.

Q. Great round today. Best of luck the rest of the week.


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