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Eduardo De La Riva

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (35) / 6/11/1982
Ht / Wt:  5'7" / 143

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Eduardo De La Riva is one of the less conspicuous Spanish faces on the European Tour, but he's been around half a decade.
The 34-year-old is one of the quite card-retainers of the European Tour, ready to kick off a fifth consecutive campaign despite rarely troubling the headline makers. In fact the closest he came to breaking that trend was in the first start of those four seasons when, at the extremely weather-disrupted Nelson Mandela Championship, he lost a play-off to Scott Jamieson after the 36-holes of regulation play. Twelve top ten finishes have followed, but he’s rarely looked set to break the duck and only once, when finishing third from off the pace in the 2013 Open de France, has he performed when in quality company. Has ranked top 30 for Driving Accuracy the last four seasons, with a best of 12th last term. Yet to end a season averaging less than 30 putts per round however. Sat, Jan 7, 2017 06:35:00 AM

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Eduardo De La Riva tackles English youngster Callum Shinkwin in round one of the Aberdeen Asset Management Paul Lawrie Match Play at Archerfield Golf Links.

Both men are making their debut in the event although Shinkwin has more recent match play experience having tasted lots of it as an amateur. De La Riva slots in at 105th on this year's Race to Dubai but has posted T10 at the Lyoness Open and three other top 25s in his last nine starts so he's had his moments. He's also hopefully recovered from a WD (reasons unknown) at the Scottish Open on his last start after opening with an 81. Before that he was a solid T25th in the Open de France so that's the sort of form he'll be aiming to find again this week. His match against Shinkwin tees off at 12:50 local time Thursday.
Wed, Aug 3, 2016 04:31:00 AM

Eduardo De La Riva hung up a 4-under-par 34-34=68 in round one of the Shenzhen International in China and is tied for second spot in the clubhouse.

That's just two swings behind leader Alexander Levy and marks a return to form for the Spaniard who, in seven starts this season, has missed five cuts and not beaten T60. It's not totally unexpected though. De La Riva played in the 2014 China Open at Genzon GC and finished T13 after a closing 64 so clearly enjoys the layout. He's also cracked the top 20 in his last three starts on Chinese soil. Starting at 10, he circled birdies at 13 and 15 and then added three straight from Nos. 1-3. His only bogey of the day came at the tough par-4 5th hole. The 33-year-old missed just two of the 14 fairways and hit 14 greens in regulation.
Thu, Apr 21, 2016 04:56:00 AM

Spain’s Eduardo De La Riva looks like a solid fit for the Hero Indian Open, but his form needs attention.

Very far from one of Spain’s better known golf names, De La Riva has quietly settled into life on the European Tour, finishing 58th, 114th and 72nd in the last three years of the Race to Dubai. In that middle year he just missed out on regaining his card but immediately reclaimed it with minimal fuss at Q-School. It’s not been a great start to his 2016 season: he is 2-for-5 with a best finish of T60 in Malaysia, but he is steady from the tee, currently ranked 21st for Driving Accuracy, and that stat matters at Delhi GC.
Tue, Mar 15, 2016 03:42:00 AM

Eduardo De La Riva returns to the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship after a debut in 2014 grossed a never-in-contention T56.

The good news from that first visit came from the tee - the Spaniard hit more fairways than anyone in the field, but there was little else to highlight the performance. He's not played since the Turkish Airlines Open, but prior to that was seen pursuing a maiden European Tour title when taking an early lead at the Czech Masters, finishing second at the KLM Open and playing in the final group at the Portugal Masters.
Tue, Jan 19, 2016 02:36:00 PM

Eduardo De La Riva recovered from three early bogeys to set the early clubhouse lead on day two of the Portugal Masters via a 4-under-par 36-31=67.

The Spaniard swallowed bogeys at 1, 3 and 7 with a birdie at 4 the only bright spot in a tough opening stretch. But he responded by circling birdies at six of his final 11 holes to post 10-under 132 at the midpoint. That's the lead in the clubhouse although, in real time, he trails Andy Sullivan by four shots. The Englishman is 14-under with two holes to play. De La Riva had carded a bogey-free 65 in his opening round at the Oceanico Victoria Golf Course.
Fri, Oct 16, 2015 07:53:00 AM

Eduardo De La Riva posted six birdies and 12 pars in an opening 6-under-par 31-34=65 at the Portugal Masters.

That bogey-free afternoon lap of Oceanico Victoria Golf Course elevated the Spaniard into tied third place on the leaderboard, just a shot behind leaders Nicolas Colsaerts and Andy Sullivan. De La Riva opened his round with four straight pars before picking up his first shot of the day at 14. He added further birdies at 17, 2 and 5 before ending with two more at 8 and 9. The 33-year-old was a runner-up at the KLM Open in the Netherlands last month so will hope to go one better here and secure his first European Tour success.
Thu, Oct 15, 2015 03:16:00 PM

Eduardo De La Riva holed his approach for an eagle-2 at the par-4 18th to share the lead after round one of the D+D REAL Czech Masters with a 7-under-par 34-31=65.

The Spaniard is tied at the top with Italian youngster Renato Paratore, the pair enjoying a one-shot lead over Sam Hutsby, Matt Fitzpatrick, Pelle Edberg and Thomas Pieters. De La Riva bogeyed No. 2 but bounced back with birdies at 4, 6, 9, 10, 11 and 12. The 33-year-old, who split 12 (of 14) fairways and hit 16 greens in regulation, then reeled off five straight pars before his dramatic eagle at the last. "It is very good to finish with a two on a par four, especially on this 18th hole which is very difficult," he said. "I didn’t have to take a putt on the 18th, so it is a very good finish. It is perfection. Today I putted well and the long and short game were good too."
Thu, Aug 27, 2015 01:58:00 PM

Eduardo De La Riva will hope that course form trumps current form at this week's Lyoness Open in Austria.

The 32-year-old was T9 in his home Open de Espana last month but didn't appear to enjoy the cold and windy conditions in the Irish Open and Nordea Masters and failed to cash in either event. However, the sunny forecast in Austria this week bodes well for the Spaniard as he returns to a course where he's enjoyed real success. De La Riva closed with a 68 to finish T40 on debut at Diamond Country Club in 2012 and improved to T7 in 2013 after sitting in second place with a round to go. He matched that T7 last year after a strong final 54 holes and is one of just four players in this week's field to have recorded two top 10s at the course (Bernd Wiesberger, Lee Slattery and Simon Wakefield are the others).
Wed, Jun 10, 2015 05:32:00 AM

Local man Eduardo De La Riva posted a 6-under-par 32-34=66 to sit joint second in the clubhouse after the early play in round one of the Open de España.

That's just one swing behind leader Trevor Fisher, Jr. The Spaniard burst out of the gates with an eagle-3 at his opening hole and follow-up birdies at 11 and 12. He quietened with seven straight pars before circling further par breakers at 2 and 4. This shouldn't be a surprise, especially as he won a Challenge Tour event in his homeland in 2012, but in terms of course form it is. De La Riva has played the new Greg Norman design at Real Club de Golf El Prat three times, missing two cuts and never shooting under par in eight laps. His best finish this season is a T3 at the Africa Open, an event won by leader Fisher, Jr.
Thu, May 14, 2015 08:37:00 AM

Eduardo De La Riva toured East London GC in 6-under-par 34-32=66 to complete an excellent week at the Africa Open.

His closing tally of 16-under 272 was eight shots behind winner Trevor Fisher, Jr. but gave him a tie for third spot alongside fellow Spaniard Jorge Campillo and Denmark's Morten Orum Madsen. De La Riva was bogey free in the final round, circling three birdies on each nine. He was laser-like from tee to green and split 13 (of 15) fairways and found 17 greens in regulation. The 32-year-old's T3 came somewhat out of the blue as he hadn't managed better than a T40 on the European Tour this year.
Sun, Mar 8, 2015 10:54:00 AM

Eduardo De La Riva sprinkled eight birdies on his scorecard to stay near the top of the Africa Open leaderboard after day two.

De La Riva carded a 6-under-par 34-32=66 on Friday to reach 10-under 134 at the midpoint. That's just a shot behind clubhouse leader Matt Ford of England. With scoring conditions ideal in the morning, the Spaniard recovered from an early bogey at 11 with birdies at 12, 13, 15 and 16. He circled another pair of par breakers on the short par 5s at 1 and 3 and added another pair at 6 and 7. He denied himself a share of the lead with a bogey at 9, a hole that seems to be troubling him as he took a double bogey-6 there in round one.
Fri, Mar 6, 2015 05:45:00 AM

Launched by an eagle-3 at the opening hole, Eduardo De La Riva composed a 4-under-par 34-34=68 in the first round of the Africa Open.

The Spaniard's impressive lap came in the afternoon session at East London GC and put him just one shot off the pace set by Kevin Phelan. He actually hit the leader's score of 5-under after just eight holes by adding to his opening eagle with birdies at 3, 5 and 8. A double bogey-6 at the ninth halted his charge although he did respond with a birdie at 10 before reeling off eight straight pars. It was hard to see this round coming. De La Riva has missed both previous cuts in this event and is just 2-for-5 on the European Tour this year with nothing better than a T40.
Thu, Mar 5, 2015 09:48:00 AM

Two of Eduardo De La Riva's three top 10s on the European Tour last year came in Asia so he could be a dark horse at this week's True Thailand Classic.

The Spaniard was T10 in last year's Malaysian Open in April and T9 in the Hong Kong Open in October but those bright spots weren't enough for him to save his card. He made amends by regaining his playing rights at Q School. The 32-year-old has cashed twice in three starts in this season's Race to Dubai, his latest finish showing a T58 in the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters.
Tue, Feb 10, 2015 11:27:00 AM

Eduardo De La Riva turned in a 2-under-par 35-34=69 in the final round of his first trip to The Open Championship, becoming the first in the clubhouse at 6-over 290.

The Spaniard made only one bogey on his final lap around Muirfield, erasing it with an eagle at the par-5 ninth and a birdie at the par-3 16th. He was a rookie on the European Tour all the way back in 2003, but this is his first significant finish on the world's biggest stage.
Sun, Jul 21, 2013 09:09:00 AM