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Eduardo De La Riva |

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (33) / 6/11/1982
Ht / Wt:  5'7" / 143
College: Spain

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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). Jun 10 - 5:32 AM

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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.
May 14 - 8:37 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.
Mar 8 - 10:54 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.
Mar 6 - 5:45 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.
Mar 5 - 9:48 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.
Feb 10 - 11:27 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