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Pablo Larrazabal |

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (31) / 5/15/1983
Ht / Wt:  5'10 / 165
College: Spain

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Pablo Larrazábal completed the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions in 4-under-par 75-72-69-68=284 and owns the 72-hole clubhouse lead.
The Spaniard has experienced an up-and-down season, one that includes a win in January to open 2014 and another five top 10s. So, it's really not a surprise that he was inconsistent through the week in Shanghai. Today's trot around Sheshan International provided a rare statistical slant, too. He split nine (of 14) fairways, but hit only eight greens in regulation. Yet, Larrazábal circled eight birdies. Play-by-play of each hole is not available this week, so it's unknown if he went 8-for-8 in his opportunities to break par or if he sprinkled at least one hole-out from off the putting surface into his highlight reel. He birdied all four par 5s, so conventional wisdom suggests that at least half were conventional. Nov 9 - 1:21 AM

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Pablo Larrazábal returns to Sheshan International Golf Club for his second World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions.

Larrazábal tied for 20th in this event back in 2011. His recent form offers further reason for optimism. While his T71 at last week's BMW Masters isn't ideal, his T5 at the Volvo World Match Play Championship in the start before that is relatively tasty. His most recent win came at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship in January, so perhaps signage around the property featuring "HSBC" will spark something good in his subconscious.
Nov 4 - 4:01 PM

Pablo Larrazábal blew up for an 8-over-par 40-39=79 in his opening round of the PGA Championship.

The Spaniard split only four (of 14) fairways and hit just five greens in regulation at Valhalla today. He failed to find a par breaker, instead squaring four bogeys and two doubles. Afterwards, he alerted his followers on Twitter that he may not continue, writing, "Unfortunatly [sic] i got injer [sic] on the 9th in the hand and i hit my leg very hard on the 12th and it is very painfull [sic]. Looks like my week is over." It's a disappointing turn of events for his owners, but it's also proof that it's better for a golfer to get chased by hornets (as he was in Malaysia in April) than it is to suffer a physical injury.
Aug 7 - 2:25 PM

Pablo Larrazábal will play in the United States for the second consecutive week at the PGA Championship.

While his form leading up to The Open Championship and WGC-Bridgestone Invitational was very good, his missed cut at Hoylake and T63 at Firestone CC are reason enough to be skeptical at Valhalla GC. Considering Larrazábal plays very little golf in the U.S., a T63 in an event without a cut is a red flag. He also missed the cut in the U.S. Open at Pinehurst. Until he proves his worth on American soil, keep away.
Aug 5 - 9:36 PM

Fifty-four-hole leader Pablo Larrazábal retreated with an even-par 36-36=72 in his final round of the BMW International Open to settle for a share of eighth place, but he still qualified for The Open Championship.

The Spaniard also shared the 36-hole lead at Golf Club Gut Lärchenhof in Köln, Germany, but he was the only golfer inside the top 31 on the final leaderboard not to break par today. However, he earned an exemption into the field at Royal Liverpool in three weeks for finishing as one of the top five not otherwise exempt from the top 20 in the updated Race to Dubai standings. In fact, at 17th, Larrazábal was highest not already in. He'll be making his fifth appearance in the major and first since 2012. Shane Lowry (18th) and Rafael Cabrera-Bello (20th) secured the other berths, leaving two openings for the R&A to fill with alternates later.
Jun 29 - 1:00 PM

In a well-deserved bit of good news, Pablo Larrazábal has qualified for the U.S. Open.

It's been over five weeks since the Spaniard escaped a hornet attack in Kuala Lumpur. He went on to post a T8 in Malaysia, but he wasn't exempt into the season's second major until a T7 at today's BMW PGA Championship lifted him six spots to 59th in the Official World Golf Ranking. The top 60 in the latest update are exempt into the season's second major in which Larrazábal will be making his debut. Twenty-four others also qualified via the OWGR (*=debut): Jimmy Walker (17th); Ian Poulter (21st); Thomas Björn (22nd); *Victor Dubuisson (25th); *Patrick Reed (26th); Miguel Angel Jiménez (27th); Lee Westwood (29th); Jamie Donaldson (30th); *Jonas Blixt (35th); Stephen Gallacher (36th); Ryan Moore (40th); Francesco Molinari (41st); *Harris English (43rd); *Joost Luiten (44th); Matt Jones (45th); John Senden (46th); Russell Henley (47th); Chris Kirk (48th); Matt Every (49th); Ryan Palmer (50th); Thongchai Jaidee (54th); Kevin Stadler (56th); *Brendon Todd (57th); Richard Sterne (58th).
May 25 - 10:53 PM

During his second round of the Maybank Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur, Pablo Larrazábal found refuge in a lake after being attacked by hornets.

He was playing the par-5 fifth hole when the dangerous insects were seemingly attracted to his shirt. "They were three times the size of bees," he said. "They were huge and like 30 or 40 of them started to attack me big time. I didn’t know what to do. My caddie told me to run, so I start running like a crazy guy, but the hornets were still there, so the other players told me to jump in the lake. I ran to the lake, threw my scorecard down, took off my shoes and jumped in the water. It was the scariest moment of my career, for sure. I’ve never been so scared." Naturally, he birdied the hole and shot 4-under 68. "The referees and a doctor took me aside and gave me a couple of injections and told me to relax. After the injections I felt a lot better and could continue. Without the help of the referees I couldn’t have finished the round, because I was in no state to play golf."
Apr 18 - 3:47 AM

Pablo Larrazábal enters the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship after a recent win at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.

The Spaniard is a rookie at Dove Mountain, so course fit is a fair concern. As the 14th seed in the Gary Player bracket, he'll get to cut his teeth against another first-timer. The problem for Larrazábal is, that newbie is one of the hottest golfers on the PGA TOUR, Jordan Spieth.
Feb 18 - 9:08 PM

Pablo Larrazábal carded a 5-under-par 34-33=67 in his final round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship to post 14-under 274, good for a one-stroke margin of victory over Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson.

The start of the Desert Swing on the European Tour didn't disappoint. Larrazábal began the finale tied for fourth and three strokes adrift of Craig Lee's overnight lead. The Scot, who also held the outright lead at the midpoint, went 0-for-8 in par-breaker opportunities today en route to a 77 and a T10. Mickelson closed with a 3-under 69, but was done in by a triple-bogey 7 at the 13th hole where he attempted to play his ball right-handed from underneath a bush. He double-hit it, would take a drop and two-putt. "I beat two of the three most talented guys in my era," said the champ. "It feels great. Only me and my team know how much we’ve worked during the last three years. ... The birdie at 13 gave me the confidence to keep it going and I hit great shots coming in. The five wood at 18 is maybe the best shot of my golfing career." The Spaniard's third European Tour title exempts him into the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.
Jan 19 - 12:55 PM

Pablo Larrazábal enters Oak Hill Country Club for the PGA Championship with five top-six finishes on his ledger in 2013.

The Spaniard had a quite a run earlier this year, finishing inside the top 15 on six occasions in a seven-tournament span. Things have cooled down recently, with a fourth-place finish at The Irish Open sandwiched directly in between four missed cuts. In three previous attempts at the Wanamaker Trophy, he has missed two cuts and shared 45th in 2011.
Tue, Aug 6, 2013 09:35:00 PM

Pablo Larrazabal will tee it up in his fourth British Open this week at Royal Lytham and St. Annes.

The Spaniard has cashed in two of his previous three attempts with his 30th in the 2011 edition the best. The highlight of his 2012 season was a runner-up finish at the Open de Espana in May. He ranks 80th on the European Tour in driving accuracy, and that will need to improve this week if he is to contend.
Wed, Jul 18, 2012 09:55:00 PM

Pablo Larrazabal turned in a bogey-free, 2-under-par 35-33=68 in his opening round of the British Open, finishing three strokes off the clubhouse lead.

The two-time European Tour champ hit 11 greens but got up and down seven times to keep his card clean. This included two sand saves. He birdied the par-4 10th and par-5 14th to complement his 16 pars. The Spaniard entered the week with a 1-for-2 record at the British.
Thu, Jul 14, 2011 12:59:00 PM

Pablo Larrazabal outlasted fellow Spaniard, Sergio Garcia, after five holes of sudden death to emerge with a victory at the BMW International at Golfclub Munchen Eichenreid in Munich, Germany.

Larrazabal went birdie-birdie-par-par-birdie in the playoff to secure his second career European Tour victory. It also earned him exemptions into next months British Open (via a short-term money list his circuit) and the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational in August. Despite the defeat, Garcia earned the other berth reserved from the short-term money list for the British. "Last week we lost my grandad, the captain of the family, and this is for him," Larrazabal said. "Beating one of my heroes when I was growing up is just a dream -- very emotional." The duo completed 72 holes in 16-under 272, but took different paths today. Garcia circled three birdies and two eagles during a six-hole stretch beginning at the sixth hole, and then swallowed four birdies on his back nine before managing a birdie at the par-5 18th. Larrazabal was bogey-free 6-under through 12 before finishing with two bogeys and four pars, including at 17 and 18.
Sun, Jun 26, 2011 01:19:00 PM