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Pablo Larrazábal

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (34) / 5/15/1983
Ht / Wt:  5'10 / 165

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Pablo Larrazabal bounced back from a poor start last week; can he maintain the form in the Nedbank Golf Challenge at the Gary Player Country Club in Sun City, South Africa?
The Spaniard has made ten visits to South Africa and somewhat surprisingly his best effort is a mere T16. The better news is that that result was in this tournament, in 2014, when only one man needed fewer putts. Two years later, in a 72 rather than 30 man field, he finished T39. Whilst the latter result seems worse, it did at least witness his first sub-70 lap of the course (a round four 69), albeit after going 76-73-78. He endured a horror run post-Open de France when he was 2-for-8 with a best of T26. But he found a touch of form when T12 in the Andalucia Masters and hinted it hadn't gone when responding to a dreadful opening lap of 81 last week with 70-64-66. He might be a dark horse this week, with that sneaky form and fondness for the greens. Nov 7 - 11:33 AM

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Local man Pablo Larrazábal put it in reverse in round two of the Andalucia Valderrama Masters but, with scoring tough, his 2-over-par 38-35=73 was still enough to keep him in the mix going into the weekend.

The Spaniard opened with 67 to lie just one back at halfway so could absorb a sticky round and that was the case today as he made four bogeys against just two birdies to post 2-under 140 at the midpoint. That's just two off the clubhouse lead held by Ben Evans and five back from Joost Luiten, who has two to play. On the live leaderboard he's T10 with day two drawing to a close. Starting at 10, Larrazabal swallowed bogeys at 13 and 16 before dropping another shot at 2. Another one went at 7 but he posted birdies either side at 4 and 8 to give his home galleries something to cheer and secure a late tee-time in round three.
Oct 20 - 11:37 AM

Pablo Larrazábal produced the best score of the afternoon wave, a 4-under-par 35-32=67, to finish the opening round of the Andalucia Valderrama Masters in T3 and just a shot in arrears of joint-leaders Sergio Garcia and Joost Luiten.

While tournament host Garcia gave the home fans the early thrills, Larrazábal led the Spanish charge in the second session today. His round got off to an inauspicious start with bogey-5 at the opener and he couldn't get anything going over the next seven holes, signing for par on them all. But a birdie-3 at the ninth proved the catalyst and he made it a hat-trick of red numbers by following it with gains at 10 and 11. The local man added another pair or circles at 16 and 17 to and parred the last to land just a shot off the lead. He's twice started with rounds in the 60s at Valderrama but had to settle for T47 (2010) and T29 (2016) respectively so will hope to parlay this R1 into something better.
Oct 19 - 1:21 PM

Pablo Larrazábal returns to action, after a break post-PGA Championship, with a return to the Omega European Masters at Crans-sur-Sierre GC in Switzerland.

If you picked the Spaniard for your team 12 months ago, take a bow. His previous record at Crans read 1-for-7 with the exception T48 and just two sub-70 efforts in 16 attempts. He averaged 30.13 putts per round and had executed just 28% of scrambles in his previous three visits to the Seve re-designed up-turned saucer greens. He’d taken a year away in 2015, but something compelled him to return. After a round one 71 left him T66 he must have wondered about the decision, but the 68-66-65 which followed vindicated him and earned T7. He’ll be hoping for more of the same to re-jig his season which started with ten top 30 finishes but has since lurched to four straight missed cuts.
Sep 5 - 6:35 AM

Pablo Larrazabal made his Open debut at Royal Birkdale in 2008; he returns there this year to play the tournament for a seventh time.

In tough conditions, the Spaniard squeezed into the weekend nine years ago after opening 75-74 but he couldn't make further progress and ended in 70th spot. He's made just two of his five Open Championship cuts since, posting a best of T30 at Royal St. George's in 2011 although he was T7 after 36 holes there. Larrazabal has an afternoon tee-time on day one, heading out from the 1st at 14:26 local time alongside Daniel Berger and Japan's Yuta Ikeda. Missed cuts in the Irish and Scottish Opens don't bode well but at least they gave him some useful links practice and before that he was T16 in the Open de France and T14 at the BMW International Open in Germany.
Source: TheOpen.com
Jul 18 - 5:09 AM

Pablo Larrazabal’s record by the sea doesn’t bode too well for his Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open title bid at Dundonald Links in Troon, Ayrshire this week.

When this tournament was based at Loch Lomond Larrazabal struggled to three consecutive missed cuts, but since the change to links golf his record is on the upswing without being remotely overwhelming. He’s 4-for-6 by the seaside, a record that includes bests of T16 at Castle Stuart in 2012 and T11 at Royal Aberdeen. His links record elsewhere is similarly ordinary. In The Open he is 3-for-6 with a best of T30 in 2011 and he’s 1-for-3 in the Irish Open on links (best again T30). The Dunhill Links Championship completes the increasingly damp story: 4-for-9 with a best of T17. Form-wise it is much more upbeat as he has six top 25 finishes in his last eight starts, although he did miss the cut last week at Portstewart.
Jul 11 - 12:07 PM

Former winner Pablo Larrazábal painted an eventful 3-under-par 35-33=68 in his opening round at the Open de France, eventually ending the day in T8 and four behind leader Paul Waring.

The Spaniard's scorecard was an explosion of color as he posted an eagle, six birdies, three bogeys, a double and seven pars. The rollercoaster kicked in at 11 where he made birdie-2 and followed it with a double bogey-6 at the next. He responded with birdies at 13 and 15 but let another shot go at 16. On his second nine, the 2008 winner here mixed birdies at 2, 3 and 5 with bogeys at 4 and 7 but enjoyed a grandstand finish thanks to eagle-3 at No. 9. Larrazábal started with a 65 when winning in 2008 but his last two opening 18s at Le Golf National have been 80 and 77, not surprisingly both leading to missed cuts. He was T14 in Germany last week.
Jun 29 - 1:36 PM

Pablo Larrazábal was left wondering what might have been after carding a final-round 37-35=72 at the Volvo China Open and finishing in solo third at 16-under 272, one shot out of the playoff between winner Alexander Levy and third-round leader Dylan Frittelli.

Larrazábal's attempts to reel in Frittelli got off to the worst possible start as he three-putted the first for bogey and dropped another shot at No. 2 after failing to get up and down from sand. That left him five behind and, despite a blemish-free card from that point, he just couldn't do enough to close the gap. The Spaniard only managed to pick off two birdies in his final 16 holes as his putter stayed cold, the first at No. 8 and the second at the par-5 18th. It wasn't the end result he wanted but this completes an impressive three-week run of results (13-11-3) and represents a second top three of the season following his T2 at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. It also moves him into the top 10 in the Race to Dubai.
Apr 30 - 5:57 AM

Pablo Larrazábal has bested most of the field at the Volvo China Open through 54-holes, but the leader Dylan Frittelli has bested him; Larrazabal's 2-under-par 37-33=70 gives him a total of 16-under 200 at Topwin Golf & CC.

The Spaniard heads into the final round four swings clear of third-placed Alexander Levy so can feel a little cheated that his excellence leaves him so adrift of the leader. But whilst he torched the first 36 holes, Frittelli has taken up the reins since Thursday evening. Larrazábal made just one bogey through 36 holes, but crucially added three in the third round. They came at 4, 7 and 16. He ticked red at 2, 10, 11 and 12, then made a final birdie at the 18th to cling to the coat-tails of the leader. He overcame a two-shot deficit to win the 2011 BMW International Open so will not be afraid of the Sunday challenge. He will also be aware that Frittelli must be due a flat patch and that the South African will also be chasing a breakthrough result on the European Tour.
Apr 29 - 5:17 AM

Pablo Larrazábal maintained his recent stunning levels of golf to card a second round 6-under-par 33-33=66 which earned him the halfway lead in the Volvo China Open at Topwin Golf & CC on 14-under 130, three clear of Alexander Levy and Dylan Frittelli.

For most of Friday it was a continuation of the wonderful game the Spaniard has been displaying for the last week in China. He opened with four pars before ticking 5, 6 and 8 prior to the turn. He made mincemeat of the 317-yard par-4 11th, with an eagle-2, and followed it with a birdie-4 at the 12th. Another par breaker followed at 15 to open up a gap of four at the top. An 8'0" par saver at the short 16th meant he had played 81 holes without a bogey (carrying on from last week's Shenzhen International), but he finally squared a hole at 17. When he failed to get up-and-down for birdie at the par-5 18th his lead remained at three. This is his third solo lead at halfway and fifth including shares; he is 1-for-5 at converting the win. His 130 36-hole total equals the tournament low.
Apr 28 - 6:16 AM

Pablo Larrazábal torched Topwin Golf & CC with an 8-under-par 32-32=64 which left him just one stroke behind the early round one leader Alex Levy in the Volvo China Open.

The Spaniard closed out last week's Shenzhen International with two bogey-free rounds and he maintained the high standards Thursday in Beijing. Starting from the 10th hole he was immediately into his stride, ticking 10, 11, 13 and 15. Four more par breakers came on the front nine at 3, 5, 7 and 8. Larrazábal owns seven top tens in 24 previous starts in China, in addition to last week's T11. This week's start is in marked contrast to his efforts on this course 12 months ago, however, when he carded 72-71 to miss the cut. The 64 matches his career-low in China; he posted that score in round three at the 2008 Hong Kong Open (6-under) and in the final round of the 2011 China Open at Luxehills (8-under). Only one behind the leader, he was three ahead of Peter Hanson and James Morrison when he signed his card.
Apr 27 - 3:17 AM

Pablo Larrazábal closed in style to shoot 4-under-par 36-33=69, completing a 54-hole total of 5-under 214 at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam, earning him a share of third place in the Trophee Hassan II, three shots back of the leader Paul Dunne.

The Spaniard was a popular pick with gamers ahead of the week after leading the chorus of Spanish supporters for his compatriot Sergio Garcia, and suggesting that he may be inspired. With opening rounds of 72-73 it wasn't quite happening and after a bogey (a third of the week) at the 4th and seven pars through eight, it still seemed a remote possibility. But in tough conditions one run of form can boost chances and Larrazábal found it. He made the turn in style, with red at 9 and 10. More came at 12, 15 and 17. It left him in position to claim a fifth European Tour title and first since the 2015 BMW International Open. He has finished top ten in this tournament three times, but never on the Red Course. He may take strength from the knowledge that he is the only Tour winner in the current top five.
Apr 15 - 1:48 PM

Pablo Larrazábal looks to dial in his distances ahead of this week's World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship.

The Spaniard will be making his 23rd career start on the PGA TOUR, 10th in a WGC event. He owns just one official top 25 in those starts (T14 at the 2015 WGC-HSBC Champions). Larrazábal has opened the new European Tour season with a 5-for-6 record that includes a T8 at the Hong Kong Open and a T2 at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. World No. 103 makes for an interesting sleeper in deeper formats this week as many golfers have already made course comparisons to old-style Spanish courses.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Mar 1 - 11:51 AM

Pablo Larrazabal's silky short game skills gained him a tie for second alongside Dustin Johnson in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, as he carded a wild final round 4-under-par 35-33=68 for a 72-hole total of 16-under 272, one shy of the winner Tommy Fleetwood.

The Spaniard, winner of the tournament in 2014, came mighty close to lifting the trophy for a second time despite tossing bogeys and birdies right across his card. He dropped shots at 3, 6 and 11 early on, but gained them at 4, 8, 9 and 10. On the 12th he drained a 35'0" birdie, one of ten par-three birdies he made all week. At 13 his sand skills saved par, at 14 he chipped in for birdie, at 15 he finally couldn't find the magic from off the green and made bogey. Refusing to be beat, he circled 17 from 25'0", but pushing for the eagle he needed at the last to force a play-off he came up short with birdie. He may have lost out on the title, yet he leaves with his reputation added to; he was strong in contention.
Jan 22 - 8:02 AM

A late burst saw Pablo Larrazabal complete a third round 3-under-par 35-34=69 which gained him a share of second on 12-under 204 at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, one back of the leaders Tyrell Hatton and in a tie with Dustin Johnson, Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Tommy Fleetwood and Martin Kaymer.

The 2014 champion made the perfect start at the Abu Dhabi GC, holing from a greenside trap for birdie at the first – his third there this week – and although he made another at the 7th – another hat-trick for the week – it followed a bogey at six and he then got stuck in a rut of scratching pars. But he circled the 14th and then drained a superb 45’0" birdie putt on the 17th green which subtle broke in both directions before diving in the front of the hole. A par at the last was irksome – it was vulnerable to par breaking – but he’ll head into the final day confident of a good run at the title. He’s a two-time winner of the BMW International Open so has previous when it comes to laying an order for his name to be engraved twice on a trophy. If he has a weakness so far this week it is an inability to take advantage of the par fives: he carded 10 pars and just two birdies.
Jan 21 - 8:02 AM