Golf Nation: Can you talk me through what equipment you currently have in the bag?
Driver: Callaway XR16 – 9deg
3W: Callaway XR16 – 14.5deg
5W: Callaway Big Bertha 816 – 17deg
3 Iron & 4 Iron: Callaway Apex
5 Iron – 9 Iron: Callaway MB1 Blade
Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy 2 – 47deg, 54deg, 60deg
Putter: Odyssey V-Line Versa
Golf Nation: What are your Top 3 courses on the European Tour?
Pablo Larrazabal: “That’s a good question, I’ve won 4 events on the European Tour, The BMW International Open played at Munich Golf Club (twice), the French Open played at Le Golf National (where the Ryder Cup will be held in 2018) and the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship played at Abu Dhabi Golf Club.” “So my favourite golf courses are the ones I’ve won on.” “I might get into trouble with that question in the future if I win another ten tournaments on another ten different courses.”
Golf Nation: What is your favourite “major” and also your favourite “regular event” on the European Tour?
Pablo Larrazabal: “My favourite major is the Open Championship, and my favourite regular event would be the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.”
“I love to play in front of big crowds, when you tee it up after 12pm on Sunday at Wentworth the crowds are unbelievable, the British crowds are the best and I love to play over here…with good weather!”
Golf Nation: You’re obviously good friends with Thomas Pieters, (both represented by the same management company Excel Sports Management) what did you think of his performance at the Ryder Cup?
Pablo Larrazabal: “His performance was unbelievable, from Day 1, from Match 1, when we saw his face on the first tee on Friday morning we knew something good was coming. He played great on Friday morning but he lost the match with Lee (Westwood).” “His partnership with Rory was something special, people think it’s easy when you hit the ball 350yrds off the tee down the middle of the fairway all the time, but his iron play was superb and so was his putting under pressure.” “I was really happy for him to win 4 points out of 5 in his rookie Ryder Cup.”
Golf Nation: The next Ryder Cup will be held at Le Golf National in Paris, it’s a course you’ve won on before, doe’s that make you even more determined to make the team?
Pablo Larrazabal: “Yes for sure, it’s a golf course I play well on, it’s a golf course that I love, it’s a challenging golf course that demands good golf.” “When the Ryder Cup is played there it will be a tough test, if you go round in 70 shots, you have to concentrate on all 70 shots and I like that aspect about it.”
Golf Nation: What is your tournament schedule for the remainder of the year?
Pablo Larrazabal: “Im obviously playing this week (British Masters), I’m playing next week in Portugal, I’m playing in the Turkish Airlines Open, then I go to the Nedbank in South Africa and then hopefully Dubai.”
Golf Nation: What are your plans for the off-season and how do you normally prepare for the start of a new season?
Pablo Larrazabal: “This year it feels like I’m getting a little bit older because these young bombers are killing the golf ball and I feel like I’m a little bit too far behind them.” “So the plan for the off-season is to gain another 10yrds which will be a big help.”
Golf Nation: What will be your first event of the 2017 season?
Pablo Larrazabal: “My first event will be the HSBC Championship in Abu Dhabi.”
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