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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 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

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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.
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

Pablo Larrazábal continued his stellar play on the short holes and signed for a 5-under-par 33-34=67 in his second round at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

At 9-under 135 through 36 holes, the Spaniard is T3 and just three behind halfway leader Martin Kaymer. He traded six birdies against a single bogey today, his gains coming at 12, 15, 17, 1, 4 and 7. That set included circles on all four par 3s. Larrazábal won this event in 2014, the third of his four European Tour victories, and so far he's following the same path to victory. He explained: "Three years ago, I made a seven under par on the par threes on the first two days, and I did the same thing the last couple rounds. It's something special. After a winter that I didn't take any holidays, I've been working very hard and to play as good as I did, I'm very proud. My iron play has been superb. I'm holing a few putts, so very happy. The only thing I'm being a little bit rusty with is my short game." If he can tidy that aspect up, the 33-year-old will be a dangerman this weekend.
Jan 20 - 4:54 AM

Pablo Larrazábal returns to the UBS Hong Kong Open for the first time in four years, ready again to take on the Fanling challenge.

The Spaniard has enjoyed success at Hong Kong GC, but he’s also come away empty handed. His debut in 2008 saw him peg a round three 64 which helped him to T4, then in 2012 another good Saturday reaped a 65 (those two rounds remain his best on the track) as he notched T8. In between he went sub-70 four times in 2009 to finish T22, however he missed the weekend in 2010 and 2011. Larrazábal will have some hope that he can rediscover his best form this time around, given that it was almost there last week at Leopard Creek CC. He opened with a 5-under 67 and was T7 heading into the final round only to stumble to 75 and T23. T8 in the Turkish Airlines Open, another solid week would not be surprising.
Tue, Dec 6, 2016 05:12:00 AM

Pablo Larrazabal will be hoping to record a second decent performance in the British Masters when he tees it up at The Grove in Hertfordshire this week.

Back in 2008 the Spaniard made a superb debut in this event, finishing T10 at The Belfry and then he finished T69 last year at Woburn. In recent years he has a strong record in England: four top 12 finishes in his last 7 starts and 12-for-16 in total. It's been a solid year for Larrazabal with nine top 30 finishes in 21 starts, including three top tens, but a genuine tilt at a title has been beyond him. Last week he recorded T25 at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. T32 and T43 on the Kyle Phillips designed PGA Sweden National in the Nordea Masters.
Tue, Oct 11, 2016 03:30:00 PM

Pablo Larrazábal had to scribble a double bogey-7 on his card but recovered to shoot a 3-under-par 36-33=69 in the second round of the BMW International in Germany, good enough for a rise of two spots to T4 on the leaderboard.

Building on his opening 68, the Spaniard connected a trio of birdies at Nos. 11-13 after starting with a par at 10 but then gave all those gains back via a 7 at the par-5 15th and a bogey at 17. He hit back with circles at 1, 3, 7 and 8 on his second nine although had to swallow a walk-off bogey-5 at 9. The 69 moves him to 7-under 137 at the midpoint, four behind joint-leaders Raphael Jacquelin and Henrik Stenson. In stark contrast to day one when he split just 5 of Gut Larchenhof's 14 fairways, Larrazabal missed just one today while he hit 16 greens in regulation. He was 6-for-6 in scrambling on Thursday but failed to get up and down on both occasions today.
Fri, Jun 24, 2016 09:39:00 AM

Pablo Larrazábal is 4-for-7 at the BMW PGA Championship and returns to Wentworth in England this week for another crack.

Despite that mixed bag of results, the Spaniard has rewarded gamers in recent years with T7 at the 2014 edition and T12 in 2013. He looked set to be a leaderboard presence again last year after opening with a 69 but missed the cut after following it with a 78, his joint-highest round at the par 72. The four-time European Tour winner slots in at 60th on this season's Race to Dubai, with T6 at the Maybank Championship Malaysia his only top 20 from 10 starts. He's made the cut in eight of those but has struggled to string four good rounds together.
Tue, May 24, 2016 03:53:00 PM

Pablo Larrazábal swallowed a triple bogey but battled to an even-par 33-38=71 in Friday's second round at the Open de Espana and leads at 3-under 139.

He leads by two from Andrew Johnston, the only other player under par after 36 holes, while it's a further shot back to defending champion James Morrison, day-one leader Alexander Levy and local man Alejandro Canizares. With conditions playing even harder than in round one, it was another strong day for the Spaniard although he did give shots back after hitting 7-under at one point. Those birdies at 10, 11, 17 and 1 took Larrazábal into the lead but he dropped his first shot of the day with a bogey at 2 and followed it with a triple bogey-6 at 3. He held firm after that with six closing pars to set the halfway number. Two back when he handed in his card, Larrazábal would end the day two in front on a Valderrama course playing firm and fast in the wind. "To shoot level in these conditions is a great feeling," said the 32-year-old, who is 12-for-17 in scrambling after hitting just 19 greens in reg. "If the wind blows like this a level par or more total will win this."
Fri, Apr 15, 2016 08:46:00 AM

Pablo Larrazábal smoothed a 3-under-par 33-35=68 in Thursday's opening round at the Open de Espana, good enough for solo sixth place.

Larrazábal was one of only 10 players to shoot in the 60s today, three of them home Spanish players. A hot short game helped him finish just two behind leader Alexander Levy as Larrazábal got up and down six times out of eight after hitting just 10 greens in regulation. This, after splitting 10 fairways. The 32-year-old circled birdies at 2, 4, 9, 14 and 17 whilst giving up bogeys at 7 and 10. He'd previously broken 70 just once in 12 rounds at Valderrama although that was a first-round 66 in the 2010 Andalucia Masters. He'll hope to cash in better on today's strong start as six years ago he followed his low opener with rounds of 77-76-78 to finish T47.
Thu, Apr 14, 2016 02:49:00 PM