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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 Larrazábal thrashed Centro Nacional de Golf with a lap of 7-under-par 33-32=65 to vault into contention at the Open de España; he heads into the weekend T9 on 8-under 136, five strokes back of leader Paul Dunne.
Few in the field had the strong form the Barcelona man boasted on arrival in the capital city of Madrid. He had logged top five finishes in three of his last four starts, in Malaysia, Qatar and India. But an opening day 71 left him fighting to make the cut, or at least it did until he burst across the back nine (his first) with red numbers at 10, 12, 13 and 17, only a blue digit at 14 slowing him down. A barrage of three par breakers at 1, 2 and 3 further transformed his chances, from also ran to contender and although be dropped a shot at No. 6 it was the filler in a sandwich of birdies (the bread being 5 and 7). In his tenth home Open he seeks to top his second place in 2012 and third in 2013. Apr 13 - 2:04 PM

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A late push for birdies cost Pablo Larrazábal a winning chance in the Hero Indian Open at DLF G&CC; his final lap of 3-under-par 32-37=69 left him on 7-under 281, tied fourth and four strokes outside the play-off.

It was notable all week that the Spaniard's response to a track that many had doubts about was upbeat, writing on Twitter of how the course would reward a positive approach and strong long game. For the most part that attitude won out, however for large parts of the final round a title bid seemed assured as he ticked four holes on the front nine (at 1, 4, 6 and 8) and maintained the pace early on the back nine (more red at 11 and 13). But in sight of the clubhouse it all went wrong, with bogeys at 14, 16 and 17 and no gains at the par-5 15th and 18th. A fourth top four finish in four starts, nonetheless, which cements his place in the top 20 on the Race to Dubai.
Mar 11 - 5:20 AM

No pre-round drama on Friday for Pablo Larrazabal, but his second round 1-under-par 34-37=71 earned him T2 on the live leaderboard, five behind runaway leader Emiliano Grillo on 6-under 138 in the Hero Indian Open at DLF G&CC.

It's been quite a week in New Delhi for the Spaniard. Thursday he woke 38 minutes before his tee time, dodged the traffic and shot 67, Friday he had plenty of time to prepare himself for the fierce Gary Player Course - and on the back nine he needed it. The front nine had been a calm journey including seven pars and birdies at 5 and 8. But bogeys at 10 and 17 were a setback, and he had to work hard for par at the 11th when his tee shot found thick, knee-high grass, but he found the putting surface with a sensational recovery. He completed his day's work with birdie-4 at the 624-yard par-5 18th hole. His approach found the second cut behind the green, his chip was downhill, downgrain, and down a step. He measured it to perfection, leaving the tap-in which took him clear of the logjam at 5-under.
Mar 9 - 7:00 AM

Pablo Larrazábal had to dash through New Delhi traffic to make his tee-time in round one of the Hero Indian Open but made light of the drama by blasting nine birdies in a 5-under-par 34-33=67 to take a share of the lead on the opening morning at DLF G&CC.

Phew! The Spaniard was still in bed 38 minutes before his 07.00 start time but received a wake-up call from a Tour official and then raced to the course via a courtesy driver. Unfazed, he opened par-birdie but ran into trouble at 15 where he swallowed double bogey-7. Larrazabal responded with a hat-trick of birdies at 16, 17 and 18 before a bogey at the 1st knocked him back to 1-under. This was no ordinary day though and he surged through the field with five straight circles from the 4th before a closing bogey left him tied at the top with American Paul Peterson and Italian Matteo Manassero. His lap included a four-putt and two three-putts. This fast start is interesting on another level. Larrazabal can be outspoken about course set-ups and this track has come in for plenty of criticism but, as we wrote in yesterday's blurb, he'd taken to social to describe DLF G&CC as an "awesome test of golf", his tweet garnering a "muchas gracias amigo" from designer Gary Player.
Mar 8 - 3:39 AM

New Hero Indian Open venue DLF Golf & Country Club certainly split opinion when first used on the European Tour last year but Pablo Larrazábal is making positive noises about the Gary Player design ahead of this week's event.

The Spaniard took to social media after seeing the course for the first time and tweeted: "The golf course this week for the Hero Indian Open @MyDLF5 is a very tough and fair golf course i have ever played... awesome test of golf... the best tee to green is going to take the trophy... cant wait for the fight." It could be a key statement given that he was critical of conditions in Dubai, saying the test had now become hitting it hard and then having a putting contest. The four-time European Tour winner brings some hot form to India after finishing T4 in the Qatar Masters and T3 in the Maybank Championship (4th GIR) two starts earlier.
Mar 7 - 7:14 AM

Pablo Larrazábal slots in at 21st on the Race to Dubai heading into this week's Commercial Bank Qatar Masters at Doha GC.

This has become an annual visit for the Spaniard, who has played every edition since T62 on debut in 2009. In those nine starts he's cashed six times including each of the last three. He recorded a best of T13 two years ago after an opening 65 and also cracked the top 25 in 2012. A winner against world-class opposition in Abu Dhabi in 2014, Larrazábal can certainly hit the heights in desert conditions although he suffered a pair of missed cuts in Abu Dhabi and Dubai last month. He responded to those disappointments with a top three in Malaysia after shooting 64-66 on the weekend so his confidence is up again. He had to settle for T44 in Oman last week but the four-time European Tour winner feels his game is showing some good signs.
Feb 21 - 5:11 AM

Pablo Larrazabal turned around his frustrations to notch T3 in the Maybank Championship at Saujana G&CC; his fourth round 6-under-par 34-32=66 and final total of 18-under 280 three short of Shubhankar Sharma's winning score in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

During last week's Dubai Desert Classic the Spaniard bemoaned on Twitter: "Nowadays all about hitting it hard and putting contest." After his first round he tweeted: "Best long game of the season ... warm the putter and we'll be climbing." And after Sunday he concluded: "Some weekend ... bogey free ... very happy with my progress." He deserved to be. There were eight birdies in round three and six in the final lap, everything else was a par. On Sunday there were early ticks at 1 and 5, then a rush at the end (13, 14, 15 and 17). He had no answer as Sharma swept by him (and everyone else), but when given the fairways and greens test he desired he performed with credit: He ranked first for Greens in Regulation (87.5%) and with it earned a first ET top ten finish since last April's China Open.
Source: Twitter
Feb 4 - 4:34 AM

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.
Tue, Nov 7, 2017 11:33:00 AM

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.
Fri, Oct 20, 2017 11:37:00 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.
Thu, Oct 19, 2017 01:21:00 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.
Tue, Sep 5, 2017 06:35:00 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.
Tue, Jul 18, 2017 05:09:00 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.
Tue, Jul 11, 2017 12:07:00 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.
Thu, Jun 29, 2017 01:36:00 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.
Sun, Apr 30, 2017 05:57:00 AM