Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Pablo Larrazabal wins in Abu Dhabi

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Spain's Pablo Larrazabal shot a final-round 67 to end a nearly three-year winless drought and capture the Abu Dhabi HSBC Champion­ship on Sunday.

Larrazabal, 30, won by a stroke at 14-under 274 on the National Course in the PGA Europe event in the UAE capital.

Rory McIlroy (68), who had incurred a two-stroke penalty a day earlier, finished with a share of second place with Phil Mickleson (69) at 13 under.

"It means a lot to win my third victory on tour and playing against who I played," Larrazabal said.

"Of course, I play against myself, but I knew who I also had behind me in Mickelson. I have just beaten two of the three most talented guys in my era, and in the last era as well, in Phil Mickelson and Rory."

Mickelson was left counting the cost of incurring a shot penalty after a double hit while playing from brush on the 13th hole of the National course.

The British Open champ, who was leading at the time, finished the hole with triple-bogey 7.

"I was sitting at the presentation ceremony and I said to myself: 'Pablo? What are you doing here?' I've got Rory McIlroy on my left and I am shaking the hand of Phil Mickelson on my right. It's very special for me," Larrazabal said after collecting the trophy.

"But it's been a long journey and a lot of work since my last win in Munich, and only my team and my family know how hard I have worked for this victory with no holidays, and not too many days off this winter, just working hard to arrive here properly and in form to Abu Dhabi. So, yes, happy days."

PGA: After shooting three straight 9-under 63s to open a seven-stroke lead, Patrick Reed had 1-under 71 in the final round to beat Ryan Palmer by two strokes at the Humana Challenge in La Quinta, Calif. Reed ran in an 18-footer for birdie on the par-3 15th to push his lead to three strokes and parred the final three holes. He completed the wire-to-wire victory at 28-under 260.

CHAMPIONS: Bernhard Langer birdied five of the last six holes for a final-round 8-under 64 and a three-stroke win at the season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai in Kaupulehu-Kona, Hawaii. Jeff Sluman (65) and Fred Couples (67) tied for second behind Langer, who finished at 22-under 194.

Pablo Larrazabal wins in Abu Dhabi 01/19/14 [Last modified: Sunday, January 19, 2014 11:12pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Bullpen melts down as Rays lose to Orioles (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Jacob Faria allowed his first two big-league home runs and was touched for a career-high three runs Saturday by the Orioles. Other than that, the rookie making his fourth major-league start did okay against the Baltimore bats.

    The bullpen, not so much.

    Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Jumbo Diaz wipes his face as he walks off the mound after the Baltimore Orioles scored four runs during the eighth inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 24, 2017, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) SPD118
  2. Lightning shifts search for defense to free agency

    Lightning Strikes

    CHICAGO — As much as he tried, Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman left the weekend's draft without acquiring another top-four defenseman.

    Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman gestures as he speaks to the media about recent trades during a news conference before an NHL hockey game against the Carolina Hurricanes Wednesday, March 1, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. The Lightning, over the past few days, have traded goaltender Ben Bishop to the Los Angeles Kings, forward Brian Boyle to the Toronto Maple Leafs, and forward Valtteri Filppula to the Philadelphia Flyers. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) TPA101
  3. Lightning journal: Russian forwards top Day 2 draft picks

    Lightning Strikes

    CHICAGO — After taking a big, right-shot defenseman in the first round, the Lightning's second day of the draft was headlined by a few skilled Russian forwards.

    Canadiens rookie defenceman Mikhail Sergachev with Brian and Michelle Reid, the billet family he lived with while playing for the OHL's Windsor Spitfires last season. COURTESY OF BRIAN AND MICHELLE REID
  4. The people you meet along O.J. Howard Lane

    Bucs

    OJ Howard (far right) is seen in a photo from his adolescent years at Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church in Prattville, Ala., on Wednesday, May 3, 2017. Howard served as an usher in addition to attending regular services at this church.