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Cabrera-Bello takes early lead at Bay Hill

8th March 2019, 14:09 by Craig Smithson

Rafa Cabrera-Bello refused to get too carried away despite taking a two-shot first-round lead at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

The 34-year-old Spaniard was in fine form at Bay Hill on the opening day as he mixed eight birdies with a single bogey to record an impressive score of seven-under-par 65.

Afterwards, a cautious three-time European Tour winner, Cabrera Bello, said: "There's a lot of challenging shots.

"Pretty much on every hole it's inviting you to take a risk and it really gets you focused on what you want to do.

"I'm really happy to be playing here for the first time. To win an event that has the name of one of the greatest players on earth would be really special, but it's only Thursday."

Former USPGA champion Keegan Bradley sits alone in second in Orlando on five-under, while Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell shares joint-third, alongside Patrick Rodgers, Billy Horschel, Bubba Watson and Phil Mickelson, another shot further back.

Meanwhile, world number one Justin Rose is six off the pace, while Rory McIlroy fired back-to-back birdies on his final two holes to post an even-par 70.

Australian Jason Day was forced to withdraw with a back injury after completing just six holes.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Craig Smithson is a journalist with over two decades of experience at the keyboard. A life-long Middlesbrough fan, Craig has an in-depth knowledge of all football and is also a keen fan of boxing amongst other sports.

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