|— Golfer —|
Larrazábal at the 2011 BMW International Open
|Full name||Pablo Larrazábal|
15 May 1983|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Weight||79 kg (174 lb; 12.4 st)|
|Current tour(s)||European Tour|
|Number of wins by tour|
|Best results in major championships|
|U.S. Open||CUT: 2014|
|The Open Championship||T30: 2011|
|PGA Championship||T45: 2011|
|Achievements and awards|
|Sir Henry Cotton|
Rookie of the Year
Larrazábal was born in Barcelona, Spain. He attended high school in the United States and returned to Spain in 2002 with the intention of turning professional but his father made him work on the family fish farm to understand the value of money. He eventually turned professional in 2004. His older brother Alejandro Larrazábal won The Amateur Championship in 2002.
2006–2007: Challenge Tour
Larrazábal played in 8 events on the Challenge Tour in 2006 and made 7 cuts. His best finish came at the Vodafone Challenge where he was tied for seventh, his only top ten finish of the year. He earned €7,160 on the year and finished 138th on the money list.
Larrazábal played in 17 events in 2007 and made 10 cuts while recording two top 10 finishes and six top 25 finishes. His best finish came at the Postbank Challenge where he finished in fourth. He earned €21,596 on the year and finished 69th on the money list. Larrazábal finished in a tie for sixth at Q-School and earned his card for the European Tour's 2008 season.
2008: Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year and first European Tour title
In his rookie season on tour, Larrazábal played in 28 events and made 17 cuts. Larrazábal won his first title on the European Tour at the Open de France where he led after all four rounds. He also had an impressive finish at the Madrid Masters where he finished in third. Larrazábal recorded three top 10 finishes and 7 top 25 finishes. He finished in 18th on the Order of Merit, earning €960,858. This propelled him to the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year award.
2009–2010: Inconsistency and struggle for form
Larrazábal had an inconsistent year in 2009 on the European Tour, with only a single top ten finish, and three top 25 finishes. He finished ranked 86th on the inaugural Race to Dubai. The following season was not much better for Larrazábal, making 18 of 31 cuts and finishing in the top ten on three occasions. He earned €332,500 in the 2010 season and finished 88th in the Race to Dubai standings.
2011: Improved form and second European Tour win
Larrazábal started the 2011 season in good form with a fifth-place finish in India at the Avantha Masters before finishing third in his home country's national tournament, the Open de España finishing three strokes behind the winner Thomas Aiken. A month later he finished fourth at the Saab Wales Open shooting a 67 during the final round to move through the field and into the top five. In June 2011, Larrazábal won his second European Tour title at the BMW International Open in Munich beating compatriot Sergio García in a sudden death playoff. Both men entered the final round trailing by two strokes, but fired rounds of 68 to finish on sixteen under par. Larrazábal had a putt to win outright at the 72nd hole but that slipped by, allowing García to birdie the last to take them into a playoff. After both players made birdies at the 18th, on the first and second playoff holes, they advanced to the par three 12th and the par three 17th, where Larrazábal let two more ten footers slide by for the championship. However at the fifth extra hole, the par five 18th, García ran his eagle putt four feet past, with Larrazábal two feet away in three. García's birdie putt then lipped out and Larrazábal holed out for victory.
This win came three weeks after Larrazábal had missed out in a playoff himself in an Open Championship qualifier at Sunningdale, but the win has ensured himself of a place at the 2011 Open Championship at Royal St. George's. Larrazábal ended the season ranked 17th on the Race to Dubai, his highest finish to date.
In January 2014, Larrazábal won the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship by one stroke over Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson. In a bizarre incident in April, Larrazábal was attacked by a swarm of hornets during the second round of the Maybank Malaysian Open and resorted to jumping into a lake to escape. He received around 20 stings, but still managed to card a round of 68.
Professional wins (5)
European Tour wins (4)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of
|1||29 Jun 2008||Open de France ALSTOM||−15 (65-70-67-67=269)||4 strokes||Colin Montgomerie|
|2||26 Jun 2011||BMW International Open||−16 (68-67-69-68=272)||Playoff||Sergio García|
|3||19 Jan 2014||Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship||−14 (69-70-68-67=274)||1 stroke||Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson|
|4||28 Jun 2015||BMW International Open (2)||−17 (70-66-69-66=271)||1 stroke||Henrik Stenson|
European Tour playoff record (1–1)
|1||2011||BMW International Open||Sergio García||Won with birdie on fifth extra hole|
|2||2011||Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles|| Thomas Bjørn, George Coetzee,
Mark Foster, Bernd Wiesberger
|Bjorn won with birdie on fifth extra hole|
Foster eliminated with par on fourth hole
Larrázabal eliminated with par on second hole
Wiesberger eliminated with par on first hole
Alps Tour wins (1)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of|
|1||28 Apr 2012||Peugeot Alps de Barcelona||−16 (64-65-65=194)||4 strokes||Ivó Giner|
Results in major championships
|The Open Championship||T70||CUT||DNP||T30||T45||DNP||CUT||CUT|
DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10.
- Eisenhower Trophy (representing Spain): 2000
- World Cup (representing Spain): 2008
- Royal Trophy (representing Europe): 2009
- Seve Trophy (representing Continental Europe): 2011
- EurAsia Cup (representing Europe): 2014
- "Larrazabal wins second European Tour title in Munich". European Tour. 26 June 2011. Retrieved 26 June 2011.
- "Peter Hanson wins the KLM Open with eagle on final hole". BBC Sport. 9 September 2012. Retrieved 11 September 2012.
- "Abu Dhabi Championship: Pablo Larrazabal wins by one shot". BBC Sport. 19 January 2014. Retrieved 20 January 2014.
- "Pablo Larrazabal attacked by hornets at Malaysian Open". BBC Sport. 18 April 2014.
- Pablo Larrazábal at the European Tour official site
- Pablo Larrazábal at the Official World Golf Ranking official site