Alfred Dunhill Championship R2

Pablo Larrazabal claims halfway lead

November 28 – December 01
Leopard Creek CC, Malelane, South Africa
€1,500,000
Live leaderboard
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4


Spain’s Pablo Larrazabal felt his patience was rewarded after claiming the halfway lead in testing conditions in the Alfred Dunhill Championship.


Larrazabal was one of just five players in the 156-man field to break 70 at Leopard Creek, a 69 leaving the 36-year-old on nine under par, three shots ahead of home favourite Branden Grace and overnight leader Wil Besseling.

“It was a good job,” said Larrazabal, who again declined the option to play in shorts due to the extreme heat.

“It wasn’t an easy day, the wind was swirling around and gusting so on this golf course, as tight as the targets are, it was tough.


“We’re used to the heat and the wind helped to control the heat a little bit. The golf course wasn’t playing easy. To take the right club today was very tricky and the greens are drying.”

Seeking a fifth European Tour title and a first since 2015, Larrazabal double bogeyed the par-three seventh after hitting his tee shot into the water, but started the back nine with four-straight birdies, including from 80 feet on the 12th.

“I did a big mistake on the seventh, I didn’t trust what my game plan was and made a double bogey, but I thought I’m playing well enough to start making birdies again so that’s what I did,” Larrazabal added.

“I had a lot of patience out there. I know I am playing good, I know I am playing aggressive enough to make birdies and get in a run and if I am patient, the putts are going to drop.”

England’s Marcus Armitage, who regained his playing rights via the qualifying school recently, is five shots off the lead after a second-consecutive 70 left him four under par alongside compatriot Jack Singh Brar and South Africa’s Thomas Aiken.

Scotland’s David Drysdale and Grant Forrest, who began the day three shots off the lead, struggled to rounds of 77 and 79 respectively but made the halfway cut which fell at three over par.


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Instruction
By Robert Clayden
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
-9
66
69
135
T2
Branden Grace
RSA
-6
68
70
138
T2
Wil Besseling
NED
-6
65
73
138
T4
Marcus Armitage
ENG
-4
70
70
140
T4
Thomas Aiken
RSA
-4
68
72
140
T4
Jack Singh-Brar
ENG
-4
68
72
140
T7
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
-3
69
72
141
T7
Antoine Rozner
FRA
-3
74
67
141
T7
Garrick Porteous
ENG
-3
66
75
141
T7
Jaco Van Zyl
RSA
-3
69
72
141
T11
Rasmus Hoejgaard
DEN
-2
72
70
142
T11
Zander Lombard
RSA
-2
72
70
142
T11
Charl Schwartzel
RSA
-2
70
72
142
T14
Dylan Naidoo
RSA
-1
71
72
143
T14
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
-1
71
72
143
T14
Jack Harrison
ENG
-1
71
72
143
T14
Matthew Jordan
ENG
-1
69
74
143
T14
Justin Harding
RSA
-1
70
73
143
T14
James Morrison
ENG
-1
72
71
143
T14
Toby Tree
ENG
-1
70
73
143
T14
Jonathan Caldwell
NIR
-1
74
69
143
T14
Danie van Tonder
RSA
-1
68
75
143
T14
MJ Viljoen
RSA
-1
72
71
143
T14
Robin Roussel
FRA
-1
68
75
143
T14
JC Ritchie
RSA
-1
72
71
143
T14
Johannes Veerman
USA
-1
72
71
143
T14
Alex Haindl
RSA
-1
71
72
143
T28
Lars van Meijel
NED
Par
74
70
144
T28
Oliver Bekker
RSA
Par
73
71
144
T28
Gregory Havret
FRA
Par
72
72
144
T28
Connor Syme
SCO
Par
69
75
144
T28
George Coetzee
RSA
Par
73
71
144
T28
Richard Sterne
RSA
Par
70
74
144
T28
Jaco Ahlers
RSA
Par
72
72
144
T28
Adrien Saddier
SCO
Par
71
73
144
T28
Haydn Porteous
RSA
Par
73
71
144
T28
Joel Sjoeholm
SWE
Par
70
74
144
T28
Alejandro Canizares
ESP
Par
67
77
144
T28
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
Par
71
73
144
T28
Laurie Canter
ENG
Par
71
73
144
T28
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
Par
74
70
144
T28
Martin Rohwer
RSA
Par
69
75
144
T43
Renato Paratore
ITA
1
74
71
145
T43
Benjamin Poke
DNK
1
73
72
145
T43
Thriston Lawrence
RSA
1
77
68
145
T43
Keith Horne
RSA
1
66
79
145
T43
Carlos Pigem
ESP
1
74
71
145
T43
Christiaan Basson
RSA
1
71
74
145
T43
Niklas Lemke
SWE
1
72
73
145
T43
Daniel Greene
RSA
1
72
73
145
T43
David Drysdale
SCO
1
68
77
145
T43
Wilco Nienaber
RSA
1
72
73
145
T43
Adrian Meronk
POL
1
69
76
145
T54
Adilson Da Silva
BRA
2
70
76
146
T54
Hennie Otto
RSA
2
78
68
146
T54
Pedro Figueiredo
POR
2
72
74
146
T54
Calum Hill
SCO
2
73
73
146
T54
Jacques Blaauw
RSA
2
73
73
146
T54
Oliver Wilson
ENG
2
73
73
146
T54
Jayden Schaper
RSA
2
73
73
146
T61
Keenan Davidse
RSA
3
76
71
147
T61
Ross Fisher
ENG
3
74
73
147
T61
Ernie Els
RSA
3
74
73
147
T61
Brandon Stone
RSA
3
72
75
147
T61
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
3
74
73
147
T61
Richard Bland
ENG
3
76
71
147
T61
Clement Sordet
FRA
3
72
75
147
T61
Jeff Winther
SWE
3
75
72
147
T61
David Law
SCO
3
72
75
147
T61
Lee Slattery
ENG
3
72
75
147
T61
Grant Forrest
SCO
3
68
79
147
CUT
Aaron Cockerill
CAN
4
72
76
148
CUT
Ben Stow
ENG
4
77
71
148
CUT
Francesco Laporta
ITA
4
71
77
148
CUT
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
4
78
70
148
CUT
Hennie Du Plessis
RSA
4
71
77
148
CUT
Jake McLeod
AUS
4
74
74
148
CUT
Justin Walters
RSA
4
76
72
148
CUT
Mark Williams
RSA
4
72
76
148
CUT
Peter Karmis
RSA
4
74
74
148
CUT
Pieter Moolman
RSA
4
75
73
148
CUT
Garrick Higgo
RSA
5
72
77
149
CUT
Jake Redman
RSA
5
73
76
149
CUT
Jean Hugo
RSA
5
73
76
149
CUT
Jose-Filipe Lima
POR
5
72
77
149
CUT
Julien Guerrier
FRA
5
74
75
149
CUT
Louis De Jager
RSA
5
75
74
149
CUT
Madalitso Muthiya
ZMB
5
75
74
149
CUT
Richard McEvoy
ENG
5
75
74
149
CUT
Deon Germishuys
RSA
6
71
79
150
CUT
Jaco Prinsloo
RSA
6
77
73
150
CUT
Jean-Paul Strydom
RSA
6
76
74
150
CUT
Marcel Siem
GER
6
75
75
150
CUT
Ockie Strydom
RSA
6
78
72
150
CUT
Rhys Enoch
WAL
6
69
81
150
CUT
Robin Sciot-Siegrist
FRA
6
77
73
150
CUT
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
6
74
76
150
CUT
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
7
78
73
151
CUT
Dean Burmester
RSA
7
73
78
151
CUT
Doug McGuigan
RSA
7
72
79
151
CUT
Oliver Farr
WAL
7
76
75
151
CUT
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
7
72
79
151
CUT
Steve Surry
ENG
7
73
78
151
CUT
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
8
76
76
152
CUT
Bryce Easton
RSA
8
74
78
152
CUT
Darren Fichardt
RSA
8
75
77
152
CUT
Hugo Leon
CHI
8
77
75
152
CUT
Lyle Rowe
RSA
8
80
72
152
CUT
Merrick Bremner
RSA
8
76
76
152
CUT
Rupert Kaminski
RSA
8
77
75
152
CUT
Stephen Ferreira
POR
8
74
78
152
CUT
Callum Mowat
RSA
9
74
79
153
CUT
Cormac Sharvin
NIR
9
80
73
153
CUT
Dale Whitnell
ENG
9
78
75
153
CUT
Darius van Driel
NED
9
76
77
153
CUT
Jacques P. de Villiers
9
73
80
153
CUT
James Du Preez
RSA
9
72
81
153
CUT
Matias Calderon
CHI
9
75
78
153
CUT
Oliver Fisher
ENG
9
73
80
153
CUT
Ruan Conradie
RSA
9
70
83
153
CUT
Sami Vaelimaeki
FIN
9
77
76
153
CUT
Sebastian Garcia
ESP
9
75
78
153
CUT
Trevor Fisher Jnr
RSA
9
75
78
153
CUT
Caylum Boon
RSA
10
83
71
154
CUT
Combrinck Smit
RSA
10
79
75
154
CUT
Kyle Barker
RSA
10
77
77
154
CUT
Michael Palmer
RSA
10
80
74
154
CUT
Neil Schietekat
RSA
10
74
80
154
CUT
Tyrone Ryan
RSA
10
79
75
154
CUT
Basil Wright
RSA
11
75
80
155
CUT
Clinton Grobler
RSA
11
78
77
155
CUT
Heinrich Bruiners
RSA
11
76
79
155
CUT
Jake Roos
RSA
11
76
79
155
CUT
Keelan van Wyk
RSA
11
79
76
155
CUT
Luke Jerling
RSA
11
77
78
155
CUT
Ricardo Santos
POR
11
79
76
155
CUT
Ruan De Smidt
RSA
11
75
80
155
CUT
Toto Thimba Jr.
RSA
11
76
79
155
CUT
Tyrone Ferreira
RSA
11
77
78
155
CUT
Vaughn Groenewald
RSA
11
71
84
155
CUT
Anton Haig
RSA
12
78
78
156
CUT
Garth Mulroy
RSA
12
79
77
156
CUT
Riekus Nortje
RSA
12
78
78
156
CUT
Jack Senior
ENG
13
80
77
157
CUT
Teaghan Gauche
RSA
13
84
73
157
CUT
J. J. Senekal
RSA
14
78
80
158
CUT
Philip Eriksson
SWE
14
77
81
158
CUT
Yubin Jung
RSA
14
80
78
158
CUT
Chris Swanepoel
RSA
15
78
81
159
CUT
Benjamin Follett-Smith
ZIM
16
78
82
160
CUT
Dylan Kok
RSA
16
80
80
160
CUT
Anthony Michael
RSA
18
83
79
162
CUT
Jacquin Hess
RSA
18
80
82
162
CUT
Andre de Decker
RSA
21
86
79
165
CUT
Rourke Van Der Spuy
RSA
23
85
82
167
RET
David Howell
ENG
Par
78
78