Flawless Cabrera Bello hits the front in Hong Kong

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Rafael Cabrera Bello made a superb eagle at the last as he shot to the top of the Hong Kong Open leaderboard with a bogey-free six-under-par 64 on Thursday.

The Spaniard, starting on the 11th hole at the Hong Kong Golf Club in Fanling, made four birdies in six holes to sit four under through 11.

And Cabrera Bello, a member of Europe's Ryder Cup team this year, had a big finish on round one when his approach shot at the par-four 10th pitched a foot past the flag and spun back into the hole for eagle.

The event marks the end of the European Tour year and Cabrera Bello is aiming to complete a 2016 that has seen him not miss a single cut and finish eighth on the Race to Dubai rankings.

France's Sebastien Gros also went through his 18 holes blemish free in a fine round and he is just one shot off the pace on five under.

A cluster of 10 players are two strokes off the pace in a packed leaderboard, with the likes of Tommy Fleetwood, David Lipsky and Peter Uihlein claiming a share of third.

Masters winner Danny Willett is two under, while defending champion Justin Rose and Patrick Reed are level par.