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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 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. Jul 18 - 5:09 AM
Source: TheOpen.com

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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

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