When looking at the golf odds for the French Open before it began, not many people would have picked out Spanish rookie Pablo Larrazabal as a potential winner of the tournament. However, after holding the lead since the opening day, the 25-year-old held on to win his first PGA European Tour title.
Pablo Larrazabal recorded his win after finishing with a round of 67 and an overall score of 15-under. The man chasing him right until the end was Scotland’s Colin Montgomerie. However, the European Ryder Cup favourite eventually finished four strokes behind the eventual winner. Finishing in third place was Denmark’s Soren Hansen.
Surprisingly, there wasn’t actually too many scares for Pablo Larrazabal on the final day. The closest he came to surrendering his lead was when he hit a double-bogey on the ninth to leave Colin Montgomorie just two strokes behind him. However, he recorded birdied the 15th and 18th – two of seven birdies he managed in his final round – to extend his lead once again.
Pablo Larrazabal then putted for par in his final two holes to help himself to French Open glory. If the pride of winning wasn’t enough, he received a cheque for £527,800 as well – it was quite a day for the young Spaniard.
In terms of British players contesting in this tournament, Lee Westwood ended up on 7-under, a rather disappointing 8 shots off the lead. The trio of Oliver Fisher, Paul McGinley and John Bickerton finished on five-under, while 20-year-old English amateur Danny Willett finished 17th with an overall score of four-under.
As for Pablo Larrazabal, there has been some discussion whether he can make a late bid for Europe’s Ryder Cup team after this success. For now though, I advise him to enjoy his moment and use it as a platform for the rest of his career to build on. Well played Pablo! It’s been quite a week for the Spanish hasn’t it?