Cabrera-Bello joins Guthrie on top in China
Shanghai, China (SportsNetwork.com) - Rafael Cabrera-Bello fired a 5-under-par 67 on Saturday to join Luke Guthrie in the lead entering the final round of the BMW Masters, the opening event of the inaugural Race to Dubai Final Series.
Guthrie, the 18- and 36-hole leader, stayed on top until his final hole on Saturday, where he stumbled to a bogey to conclude an even-par 72 and join Cabrera-Bello at 8-under-par 208.
"Really happy to keep playing good and happy, also, to put a good round together and be in contention tomorrow," Cabrera-Bello said.
Cabrera-Bello will attempt to secure his third European Tour victory on Sunday, while Guthrie, a two-time winner on the Web.com Tour, will aim for his maiden triumph.
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano shot 67 to move into solo third at 7-under 209, one shot ahead of Gregory Bourdy, who also carded a 67 at Lake Malaren Golf Club.
Paul Casey, Craig Lee and Scott Jamieson are tied for fifth at 5-under after carding matching 71s, while Thongchai Jaidee (72) and Pablo Larrazabal (69) share eighth at minus-4.
Lee Westwood (70) highlights a group tied for 10th at 3-under and Rory McIlroy (71) shares 14th with six others at 2-under.
Cabrera-Bello, seeking his first win on tour since the 2012 Omega Dubai Desert Classic, went bogey-free on Saturday, kickstarting his sparkling round with back-to-back birdies from the first.
He added another gain at the par-5 seventh to turn in 33, then birdied the 11th and 17th during his inward march to hit the clubhouse one shot behind Guthrie.
"I started with two birdies today, which was good," Cabrera-Bello continued. "It gave me confidence straightaway, and then I just stayed calm, one shot at a time, and today it worked.
"I'm happy, I'm proud, I'm confident and I'm enjoying the tournament so far, so hopefully tomorrow I can keep those feelings and take them on to the golf course with me, go out there, play my best and enjoy."
Starting the day with a 4-shot lead, Guthrie appeared poised to retain his advantage, as the American opened with a pair of birdies and six pars through eight holes.
From there, Guthrie began to falter, as he mixed a pair of birdies with two bogeys and a par over his next five holes.
Things failed improve the rest of the way, as Guthrie stumbled to further bogeys at the 16th and 18th to drop into a tie with Cabrera-Bello entering the final round.
"At the beginning the week, if I was going into the fourth round tied for the lead, I'd have taken it," said Guthrie.
NOTES: Guthrie is coming off a tie for fifth at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open on the PGA Tour ... Cabrera-Bello's other European Tour win came at the Austrian Golf Open in 2009 ... Simon Dyson was tied for second place at the halfway point but he was disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard ... Race to Dubai leader Henrik Stenson is tied for 57th place at 9-over 225.
10/26 05:33:35 ET