Rafa Cabrera-Bello makes 1st albatross at No. 16 at the Players Championship

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Rafa Cabrera-Bello makes 1st albatross at No. 16 at the Players Championship

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Rafa Cabrera-Bello makes 1st albatross at No. 16 at the Players Championship

Well, that’s how you jump-start a stagnant final round.

Rafa Cabrera-Bello was 2 over for his round Sunday at the Players Championship when he stood over his second shot from 181 yards at the par-5 16th at TPC Sawgrass’ Players Stadium Course.

Moments later, he was under par for the round … because he jarred the shot for an albatross (the first on this hole in Players history and the third overall in the tournament’s history)!

After a 337-yard drive, Cabrera-Bello said he was left with just an 8-iron for the fateful shot.

“I saw it kick off the bank of the bunker and I was a bit worried at the beginning because I kind of felt that it shot a little too fast, and I’m like, oh, is that going to go in the water now,” Cabrera-Bello said.

But the ball never left the pin.

“I saw it bump with the flag and I didn’t know what happened; had it gone in or had it just stayed just like a foot away or something like that,” he said. “So then I saw the crowd saw that it had gone in and just went crazy and enjoyed it.”

Cabrera-Bello threw his club in the air but instead of the intended fairway landing area, the club got wet.

“I just wanted to throw it high in the sky, middle of the fairway, and I don’t know, I missed the fairway. It went in the water,” Cabrera-Bello said. “Luckily I was able it fish it out after.”

Cabrera-Bello, who birdied 17 as well and finished T-4 at 6 under thanks to a closing 2-under 70, was asked if this was his first double eagle. We learned where he stands on the branding of 2’s on par-5s.

“Never. This is my first albatross,” Cabrera-Bello said. “Yeah, good time to do it.”

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