Pablo Larrazabal wins ISPS Handa Championship to claim seventh European tour title

LA PINEDA, Spain — Spaniard Pablo Larrazabal shot 8-under 62 on Sunday to win the ISPS Handa Championship for his seventh European tour title — and first on home soil.

Larrazabal made nine birdies and a bogey at the Lakes Course to secure a one-shot victory over countryman Adrian Otaegui (66).

“What a day. But I knew that my golf was there,” the 38-year-old Larrazabal said. “I couldn’t make any putts the first three days but I told my girlfriend last night that she had to choose my clothing for the [winning] pictures.

“I knew that I had a low one in my bag and that’s what I did. Today I holed putts and that was key. I mean, to shoot 62 in windy conditions with the flags out there, it was good.”

Larrazabal finished with a 15-under 265 total. His first title of the year was at the MyGolfLife Open in South Africa.

South Africa’s Hennie Du Plessis and Canadian Aaron Cockerill both shot 67s and tied for third, two shots behind Larrazabal.

Bad weather in northeast Spain had forced organizers to suspend the third round on Saturday with Scott Jamieson at the top. Jamieson shot even par to finish in a tie for 10th, eight shots off the lead.

The ISPS Handa Championship is the first of four consecutive events in Europe between the season’s first two majors.

The European tour stays in Spain next week for the Catalunya Championship. The two new events in Spain were added to the schedule to replace tournaments in Japan and China due to travel restrictions because of the coronavirus pandemic.