Alfred Dunhill Championship R4

Tiger Woods inspires Pablo Larrazabal to painful victory at Leopard Creek

November 28 – December 01
Leopard Creek CC, Malelane, South Africa
€1,500,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 3


Pablo Larrazabal revealed he had taken inspiration from Tiger Woods after producing a remarkable turnaround to win the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek.


The Spaniard started the day three shots clear but struggled with blisters on his feet and swing problems throughout the final round.

He removed his shoes and threw a club in frustration after a wild hook down the left from the ninth tee, where he carded one of six bogeys as well as a double.

Those eight dropped shots saw the 36-year-old fall three off the pace at one stage but Larrazabal regrouped to make three birdies in his last four holes to seal victory with a 75 and eight-under-par total.


“I woke up this morning and I didn’t think I was going to play,” Larrazabal, who revealed Woods’ victory at the 2008 US Open while suffering from a fractured tibia and damaged cruciate ligament had given him the motivation to continue, told Sky Sports.

“I couldn’t put my shoe on, I couldn’t walk to the buggy. I really struggled on the back nine, I have a big blister on my right toe and I said to myself ‘If Tiger can win a US Open with a broken leg…’ and I just fought hard.”

Larrazabal bogeyed the first, third and fifth to swiftly hand Wil Besseling a share of the lead and, despite making an up-and-down from the sand at the driveable sixth for birdie, found water for the third day running at the short seventh and double bogeyed.

Further dropped shots followed at the eighth and ninth, where Larrazabal’s second only avoided water because it hit an advertising board, to leave a fifth European Tour title looking in doubt as he turned in 41 to trail Besseling by two.


After a birdie at the 11th, Larrazabal had another wild hook at the 13th and bogeyed but with Besseling faltering with a double bogey at the 14th remained within touching distance of the lead.

Larrazabal and Besseling both birdied the 15th and the former then rolled in a 15-footer at the next to join the Dutchman and Sweden’s Joel Sjoholm in the lead.


Sjoholm could not birdie the par-five last and, when Besseling’s second nestled on rocks behind the green to lead to a bogey, Larrazabal was left with a tap-in birdie after a fine approach to seal victory.

Sjoholm finished second on seven under, with Besseling and South African pair Branden Grace and Charl Schwartzel a shot further back in third – the latter on his return from a seven-month injury lay-off.


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Alfred Dunhill Championship R3

Tours
By GT Editor
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
-8
66
69
70
75
280
2
Joel Sjoeholm
SWE
-7
70
74
68
69
281
T3
Charl Schwartzel
RSA
-6
70
72
70
70
282
T3
Branden Grace
RSA
-6
68
70
71
73
282
T3
Wil Besseling
NED
-6
65
73
70
74
282
6
Danie van Tonder
RSA
-4
68
75
73
68
284
T7
Justin Harding
RSA
-3
70
73
71
71
285
T7
Johannes Veerman
USA
-3
72
71
70
72
285
T7
MJ Viljoen
RSA
-3
72
71
69
73
285
T7
Zander Lombard
RSA
-3
72
70
69
74
285
T11
Connor Syme
SCO
-2
69
75
73
69
286
T11
Garrick Porteous
ENG
-2
66
75
75
70
286
13
Calum Hill
SCO
-1
73
73
71
70
287
T14
Jonathan Caldwell
NIR
Par
74
69
74
71
288
T14
Robin Roussel
FRA
Par
68
75
74
71
288
T14
Jaco Van Zyl
RSA
Par
69
72
75
72
288
T14
Richard Sterne
RSA
Par
70
74
72
72
288
T14
Laurie Canter
ENG
Par
71
73
70
74
288
T19
Christiaan Basson
RSA
1
71
74
77
67
289
T19
Renato Paratore
ITA
1
74
71
75
69
289
T19
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
1
71
73
72
73
289
T22
Dylan Naidoo
RSA
2
71
72
76
71
290
T22
Alex Haindl
RSA
2
71
72
76
71
290
T24
Jack Harrison
ENG
3
71
72
78
70
291
T24
Lars van Meijel
NED
3
74
70
76
71
291
T24
Alejandro Canizares
ESP
3
67
77
74
73
291
T24
Clement Sordet
FRA
3
72
75
71
73
291
T24
Keith Horne
RSA
3
66
79
72
74
291
T24
Daniel Greene
RSA
3
72
73
72
74
291
T24
Wilco Nienaber
RSA
3
72
73
72
74
291
T24
George Coetzee
RSA
3
73
71
72
75
291
T24
Jaco Ahlers
RSA
3
72
72
72
75
291
T33
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
4
74
73
72
73
292
T33
Thomas Aiken
RSA
4
68
72
78
74
292
T33
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
4
69
72
71
80
292
T36
Adrien Saddier
SCO
5
71
73
78
71
293
T36
Jacques Blaauw
RSA
5
73
73
74
73
293
T36
Antoine Rozner
FRA
5
74
67
78
74
293
T36
Benjamin Poke
DNK
5
73
72
72
76
293
T36
David Drysdale
SCO
5
68
77
70
78
293
T36
Jack Singh-Brar
ENG
5
68
72
75
78
293
T42
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
6
74
70
80
70
294
T42
Pedro Figueiredo
POR
6
72
74
77
71
294
T42
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
6
71
72
78
73
294
T42
Jayden Schaper
RSA
6
73
73
70
78
294
T42
Richard Bland
ENG
6
76
71
69
78
294
T42
Adrian Meronk
POL
6
69
76
70
79
294
T42
Marcus Armitage
ENG
6
70
70
71
83
294
T49
Matthew Jordan
ENG
7
69
74
80
72
295
T49
Thriston Lawrence
RSA
7
77
68
79
71
295
T49
Rasmus Hoejgaard
DEN
7
72
70
78
75
295
T49
Hennie Otto
RSA
7
78
68
74
75
295
T49
Jeff Winther
SWE
7
75
72
72
76
295
T49
Gregory Havret
FRA
7
72
72
70
81
295
T55
JC Ritchie
RSA
8
72
71
79
74
296
T55
James Morrison
ENG
8
72
71
78
75
296
T55
Grant Forrest
SCO
8
68
79
73
76
296
T55
Haydn Porteous
RSA
8
73
71
75
77
296
T59
Brandon Stone
RSA
9
72
75
78
72
297
T59
David Law
SCO
9
72
75
76
74
297
T61
Oliver Wilson
ENG
10
73
73
77
75
298
T61
Adilson Da Silva
BRA
10
70
76
75
77
298
T61
Martin Rohwer
RSA
10
69
75
76
78
298
T64
Toby Tree
ENG
11
70
73
81
75
299
T64
Keenan Davidse
RSA
11
76
71
76
76
299
T64
Ernie Els
RSA
11
74
73
75
77
299
T64
Lee Slattery
ENG
11
72
75
73
79
299
68
Carlos Pigem
ESP
14
74
71
81
76
302
T69
Niklas Lemke
SWE
19
72
73
88
74
307
T69
Ross Fisher
ENG
19
74
73
81
79
307
71
Oliver Bekker
RSA
20
73
71
80
84
308
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
RSA
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