Pablo Larrazabal Player Profile And What's In The Bag
Article Updated - 29 May 2023
PABLO LARRAZABAL secured his second DP World Tour title in three starts, his fourth in 15 months and his ninth in total after producing a great finish to win the 2023 KLM Open by two shots.
The win is Larrazábal's first since he turned 40 earlier this month, and he hopes to emulate countryman Miguel Ángel Jiménez by enjoying continued success over the next decade.
He said: "It doesn't matter how fast you run at the beginning, you have to run fast at the end to win the race. And that's what I did. What a putt on the last. I tried to make two putts from 20 feet and suddenly I made it.
"I'm so proud of myself and so proud of my team. We struggled big time through Covid but here we are - four wins in the last 15 months. It means too much to me.
"Hopefully I do 20% of what Miguel did in his forties. This is the first win of 40.”
The Spaniard saw his overnight lead evaporate in the early stages of Sunday's fourth round but he recovered with a series of birdies to sit in a five-way tie at the top after 12 holes.
And he finished with a flourish, birdieing the 15th, 17th and 18th to sign for a closing 69 and finish the tournament on 13 under par.
Larrazábal, who came into the week fresh from playing four rounds at last week's PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club, now has two victories in 2023, having won the Korea Championship Presented by Genesis in April.
Fellow Spaniard Adrian Otaegui finished alone in second on 11 under after finishing his final-round 70 with a birdie.
Rasmus Højgaard and Deon Germishuys were then in a tie for third, one stroke further back.
Larrazábal went into the final round with a one-shot lead after Saturday's spotless 67 but he made a double bogey at the second to slip from the summit.
He recovered brilliantly, though, holing monster birdie putts at the sixth and seventh to return to ten under and grab a share of the lead.
After missing the ninth green, Larrazábal surrendered a bogey there but got a bounce-back birdie from six feet on the tenth.
And he remained in a tie at the top until the 15th, where he produced a shot-of-the-day contender to access a tricky flag before knocking in his six-foot birdie attempt to lead on his own.
Larrazábal then extended his advantage to two strokes when he birdied the short 17th, having sent his tee-shot to around three feet.
And he saved his best for last, draining a 21-foot birdie putt on the 18th green to send the bumper crowd wild.
Larrazabal was born in Barcelona on May 15, 1983. His victory at the KLM Open was his fourth in 15 months and his second in a month after winning the Korea Championship in April 2023. He has now won nine times on the DP World Tour.
He turned professional in 2004 and spent time on the Challenge Tour before earning his DP World Tour card for the 2008 season, during which he played in 28 events, won the Open de France and was named rookie of the year.
His next victory came at the BMW International Open in 2011, a year that saw him produce a series of top-10 finishes and end the season 17th in the Race to Dubai.
He won the Abu Dhabi Championship in 2014, the BMW International Open for a second time in 2015 and the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek in 2019.
He then had to wait until March 2022 for his next win, at the MyGolfLife Open and followed it less than a month later by claiming the ISPS Handa Championship in Spain after shooting a final round of 62. Soon afterwards, he announced that he was joining LIV Golf but he has now returned to the DP World Tour.
His victory in the Netherlands takes him to eighth place in the Race to Dubai and sees his world ranking rise from 70th to 53rd.
Last 10 Events
KLM Open - 1st
PGA Championship - T65th
Korea Championshhip - 1st
ISPS Handa Championship - CUT
Hero Indian Open - T10th
Thailand Classic - T38th
Ras Al Khaimah Championship - T56th
Hero Dubai Desert Classic - T28th
Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship - T20th
DP World Tour Championship - T47th
Key Stats (DP World Tour: 22/23)
Driving Distance - 300.95 Yards
Driving Accuracy - 57.86%
Greens in Regulation - 69.07%
Sand Saves - 60.42%
Putts Per Round - 28.57
Scoring Average - 70.35
End of Year World Ranking Position
What’s In Pablo Larrazabal's Bag?
- Driver: Callaway Paradym Triple Diamond (10.5°) - Fujikura Pro 63X Shaft
- Fairway: Callaway Paradym (16.5° & 18°)
- Utility: Callaway X Forged UT (24°)
- Irons: Callaway Apex TCB (5-7), Callaway MB (8-P)
- Wedges: Callaway MD4 (50°, 56° & 60°)
- Putter: Odyssey White Hot Versa Seven
- Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft X Triple Track
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