Under the splendor of Jon Rahm, Spanish golf continues to celebrate other titles. This Sunday the Catalan Pablo Larrazábal won the Korea Championship, an appointment on the European circuit, with a card of 12 shots under par (Jorge Campillo from Extremadura was third with -9), a result with which he fastens his eighth title on the European Tour 15 courses after winning the first one, the French Open in June 2008. Since then, Larrazábal has sung bingo twice at the BMW, in Abu Dhabi, MyGolfLife, Alfred Dunhill, ISPS Handa and now Korea . Two weeks after turning 40, he is still in the elite.
With his eighth crown on the European circuit, Larrazábal surpasses Gonzalo Fernández Castaño and Álvaro Quirós among Spanish golfers, and is only ahead of Manolo Piñero (9), Jon Rahm (10), Sergio García (16), Miguel Ángel Jiménez (21), Chema Olazabal (23) and Seve Ballesteros (50). In addition, the victory assures him a major objective, that of being able to compete in the next big one of the season, the PGA Championship, from May 18 to 21 in Rochester, and raises his chances of being able to qualify to also play the US Open. . Larrazábal jumps from number 101 in the world rankings to a place close to the top 70.
“Today there are young golfers who already take me 40 meters from the exit. That he was able to beat them and be on the European circuit for 16 years is something incredible. I am the happiest guy in the world”, expressed Larrazábal, who has achieved three victories in the last 13 months.
Second places for Rahm and García
Jon Rahm was about to revalidate his victory last season at the Mexican Open. The Basque, recent winner of the Augusta Masters, finished second on this occasion, with -21, three shots behind the winner, the American Tony Finau. Rahm had flown in the third round of the Mexican tournament with a card of 10 under par, the fourth time in his professional career that he signed a 61. And in the last one alone in a great Finau, superb when it came to saving pairs with the putt, separated him from a new victory, after the four already achieved this course on the American circuit. The world number one, with laps of 67, 68, 61 and 67, maintained his first place in the ranking with this result.
Sergio García, meanwhile, was about to get his first victory in the Saudi League, LIV Golf. After finishing the Singapore event tied at -17 with Talor Gooch, the man from Castellón lost in the tiebreaker. The American golfer thus achieved his second consecutive victory in the Saudi League, after the one achieved in Adelaide. That is to say, in eight days he has pocketed about eight million dollars.
Korea Championship classification.
Classification of the Open of Mexico.
Saudi League qualification in Singapore.
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