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

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After a back-nine collapse cost him victory last week, Pablo Larrazábal will look to get in the hunt again at the Volvo China Open.
The Spaniard looked to be in prime position to win the Shenzhen International after reaching 12-under -- the eventual playoff number -- at the turn following a run of birdies but he came home in 41 to drop all the way down to T22. On the plus side, it built on previous form of 3-20-20 so the three-time European Tour winner is one of the favourites for victory this week. Currently 34th on the Race to Dubai, his appeal grows further due to a record in China which shows seven top 25 finishes, three of them top 10s, in his last 12 visits. Apr 21 - 4:19 AM

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Pablo Larrazábal birdied his final two holes in a 3-under-par 34-35=69 to move to within two of the lead at the Trophée Hassan II.

By posting 5-under 139 at the midpoint, the Spaniard is just a shot behind the clubhouse lead of Spanish compatriot Rafael Cabrera-Bello and two adrift of day one pacesetter Adrien Saddier, who goes out in the afternoon wave. This is a continuation of Larrazábal's fine form at Golf du Palais Royal. He was fourth two years ago and also cracked the top 10 in 2012. Today's lap started with three birdies in his opening four holes before he stalled with bogeys at 17 and 4. But a 2-3 finish has the three-time European Tour winner handily placed for a weekend challenge.
Mar 27 - 8:56 AM

Pablo Larrazábal will look to add to his impressive record at Golf du Palais Royal when he lines up in this week's Trophée Hassan II in Morocco.

The Spaniard was ninth on his second start at this venue in 2012 and took solo fourth the following year after going into the final day in T2. His latest form -- a pair of T20s in Dubai and Malaysia -- is encouraging too. The concern for gamers is that the last of those was six weeks ago although he hasn't had his feet up during that time. Via Twitter, Larrazábal reports that he's been working hard with his team to prepare for this return.
Mar 24 - 8:22 AM

Pablo Larrazábal returns to the Maybank Malaysian Open despite carrying the mental scars of being attacked by hornets on his last visit in 2014.

The Spaniard was forced to jump into a lake to flee the onslaught and was reportedly stung 20 times. "They were three times the size of bees. They were huge," he recalled after his ordeal during round two. All credit then that he shook off the scare by carding a 68 on that Friday before adding rounds of 70 and 67 to finish T8. He'd also been T6 the previous year so still has plenty of good memories of the place aside from those pesky hornets! Larrazábal improved his finish each week on the recent Gulf Swing, progressing from a missed cut in Abu Dhabi to a T33 in Qatar and a T20 in Abu Dhabi last week.
Feb 2 - 4:58 PM

Defending champion Pablo Larrazábal went bogey-free on the opening day of the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship but still finished outside the top 50.

The 2014 winner could never build up any momentum on his return to Abu Dhabi Golf Club and handed in a card showing 17 pars and just a single birdie. It meant a first-round 1-under-par 36-35=71. In truth, he did well to keep his score intact. The Spaniard hit only 11 greens in regulation but didn't let the misses damage him by going 7-for-7 in scrambling. On a day of low scoring, Larrazábal's 71 was only good enough for T59.
Jan 15 - 9:51 AM

Pablo Larrazábal returns to the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship to defend a title he took in dramatic fashion 12 months ago.

Larrazábal claimed a narrow one-shot victory over a stellar field in 2014, celebrating with a Seve-like swipe of the arm after holing a five-foot birdie putt at the 72nd hole to edge out Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson. It was his third European Tour win from 188 starts and first since 2011. Larrazábal isn't known for his consistency and six previous visits to Abu Dhabi had yielded just a single top 30 -- an 11th place in 2011.
Jan 13 - 6:18 AM

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.
Sun, Nov 9, 2014 01:21:00 AM

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.
Tue, Nov 4, 2014 04:01:00 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.
Thu, Aug 7, 2014 02:25:00 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.
Tue, Aug 5, 2014 09:36:00 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.
Sun, Jun 29, 2014 01:00:00 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).
Sun, May 25, 2014 10:53:00 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."
Fri, Apr 18, 2014 03:47:00 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.
Tue, Feb 18, 2014 09:08:00 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.
Sun, Jan 19, 2014 12:55:00 PM