Pablo Larrazabal, game format witg four clubs

A tournament which, according to him, would be “good for the caddies (editor’s note: without a doubt!), interesting for television and innovative to attract sponsors"

by Andrea Gussoni
Pablo Larrazabal, game format witg four clubs
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As he prepares to compete in the prestigious Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa, Spaniard Pablo Larrazabal was keen to bounce back following the feat of Englishman Andy Sullivan who scored a spectacular 78 at the Belfry with just one 5 iron in hand.

Pablo Larrazabal, statements

The fiery Barcelona player thus launched the idea to the DP World Tour of organizing a tournament... with four clubs in the bag! A tournament which, according to him, would be “good for the caddies (editor’s note: without a doubt!), interesting for television and innovative to attract sponsors".

The Scottish winner of the last Ryder Cup in Rome, Robert MacIntyre, and Romain Langasque immediately seemed interested in this new original format. The DP World Tour could think about it in the near future, after however having resolved the problem of cohabitation with the PGA Tour and especially the LIV Golf, whose deadline for an agreement has been set for December 31.

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