Larrazabal won the 2020 European Tour’s season-opening Alfred Dunhill Championship after a remarkable about-face. First, he lost a three-shot overnight lead. And struggled with blisters on his feet, which led to swing problems. But then, just as it was beginning to look as if he might be all washed up, he began posting back-to-back birdies on three of his last four holes for a dramatic one-stroke victory over Swedish man Joel Sjöholm.
When the 36-year-old Spaniard arrived at Leopard Creek, he ranked 261 on the Official World Golf Ranking list. But his three birdies on the last four holes stormed him up the rankings to see him leave as the world’s 156th best.
“This is big,” said a clearly emotional Larrazabal. Larrazábal’s victory at Leopard Creek Country Club came at the event where he started his professional career 12 years ago. And this is his fifth European Tour title and first in four years.
However, he knew he had a tough finish ahead of him because when he woke up on Sunday; he didn’t think he was going to play. "I couldn’t put my shoe on because of a blister," he said.
"Back nine I told myself, you cannot walk, cannot swing, but if Tiger can win on a broken leg what is a blister? I had the back nine all week." In a supreme battle against himself and the course, he birdied the 15th, 16th and 18th hole to win by a shot. "It’s been a long road," referring to his four-year winless drought, before his fifth title. "I’ve struggled the last four years."
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