Cabrera-Bello thrives, others struggle at US Open

Cabrera-Bello thrives, others struggle at US Open

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Early in the first U.S. Open round of his career, Rafael Cabrera-Bello looked up at the scoreboard, saw his name on top and had one thought flash to mind.

“I hope my dad takes a picture.”

Cabrera-Bello was among a large contingent of golfers to make their U.S. Open debuts in Thursday’s first round. From 42-year-old Deane Pappas to 18-year-old U.S. Amateur champ Byeong-Hun An, a good portion of the 156-man field was made up of first-timers.

Very few who played early found the success of Cabrera-Bello.

Playing in the first group and starting way out on the 10th tee, Cabrera-Bello overcame a string of bogeys midway through his round and finished at 1-under 70.

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