Pablo takes three-shot Dunhill Golf lead

Ross Houston
December 3, 2019

Pablo Larrazábal has kept his three-shot lead going into the final round of the Alfred Dunhill Championship.

The 36-year-old from Barcelona underclubbed off the tee at 12 and his shot fell well short of the green, leaving him in danger of dropping a shot in 37 degree celsius (99 fahrenheit) heat.

Northern Ireland's Jonathan Caldwell sits on one-over par after shooting a two-over 74 today.

The 2020 season-opening tournament permits competitors to wear pants or, for the first time in European Tour history, shorts.

Larrazabal's most recent victory had come four-and-a-half years ago at the BMW International Open, yet he looked on course for a comfortable triumph this week after leading by three shots following both the second and third rounds.

The recovery was remarkable, as the Spaniard birdied three of the final four holes, clinching victory at Leopard Creek and avoiding a play-off against Joel Sjoholm with his putt at the last. South African home favorite Branden Grace (71), the 2014 champion, slipped a shot further back to third on 7 under.

Although four-time Dunhill Championship victor Charl Schwartzel of South Africa also trails Larrazabal by seven strokes, he may pose a threat to the leader.

Larrazabal then canceled a three-headed bogey on the 14th by coming up and down the sand to determine the goal of the clubhouse, with Besseling his closest challenger until a bogey in the last hole dropped him to Grace next to Grace to six below.

The 2011 US Masters victor, once ranked six in the world, is playing his first tournament since being sidelined last April by a wrist injury.

Larrazabal built the second best score on the second round around a sizzling second-nine run that delivered five birdies within six holes from 10.

"We have to allow ourselves to make some mistakes but I am very happy with the way I'm playing and the way I'm approaching every single shot this week".

"We're used to the heat and the wind helped to control the heat a little bit", added Larrazabal who again declined the option to play in shorts due to the conditions.

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