Keeping Score

Larrazabal rallies to claim Alfred Dunhill event

After 6-over front side, Spaniard birdies 3 of final 4 holes to win

1: Number of strokes by which Spain’s Pablo Larrazabal won the Alfred Dunhill Championship after a wild final round Sunday in Malelane, South Africa. Larrazabal, who entered the final 18 holes with a three-stroke lead, stumbled to a 6-over 41 on the front nine at Leopard Creek Country Club. Through 14 holes, struggling with blisters and swing problems, he had made six bogeys and a double bogey and stood 6 over for the day, falling behind by three strokes. However, he rallied to birdie three of his final four holes and salvage a 3-over 75 for an 8-under 280 total to edge Sweden’s Joel Sjoholm, who closed with a 3-under 69 for a 7-under 281. It was the fifth career victory on the European Tour for Larrazabal, 36, who had not won in 4½ years. South Africa’s Charl Schwartzel, a four-time winner of the event that is co-sponsored by the Sunshine Tour, closed with a 2-under 70 and shared third place with countryman Branden Grace (73) and the Netherlands’ Wil Besseling (74) at 6-under 282 (scores).

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