Pablo Larrazábal keeps top spot at Leopard Creek

       Pablo Larrazabal holed a monster 100-foot birdie on his way to topping the leaderboard at the Alfred Dunhill Ch

1:00 Pablo Larrazabal holed a monster 100-foot birdie on his way to topping the leaderboard at the Alfred Dunhill Ch

Pablo Larrazabal birdied three of the last four holes to achieve a dramatic victory over the Alfred Dunhill championship in South Africa.

"I woke up this morning and I didn't think I was going to play", he said afterwards in an emotional interview.

Larrazabal struggled with blisters on his feet and swing problems during the final round at Leopard Creek, where the Spaniard saw his three-shot overnight lead disappear inside the first five holes. South African home favorite Branden Grace (71), the 2014 champion, slipped a shot further back to third on 7 under. But he was still in contention, two behind Besseling, who was one over for the round at that stage. "You can not walk but you are only two behind". "I've really struggled the past four years".

That handed Will Besseling a share of the lead, and despite recovering immediately with an up-and-down birdie at the sixth, Larrazabal then found the water at the seventh on his way to a double-bogey and dropped out of the top spot for the first time on Sunday.

The most spectacular of them came at 12 where he hoped to two putt for a par three, but watched his long attempt from the edge of the green drop into the hole. He was able to chop the ball out but finished with a six to miss a chance of a first European Tour win.

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This year's Alfred Dunhill Championship was the first-ever European Tour event to allow players to wear shorts due to the extreme heat in South Africa's Mpumalanga province, yet Larrazabal has been one of the few who has chosen to stay in long pants.

"I did a good job today", Larrazabal told reporters. Former Masters champion Schwartzel, a four-time victor at Leopard Creek, finished strongly after being out of tournament action since April with a wrist injury.

At the last hole, Besseling failed to get up and down from trouble to save par, and Larrazabal took control, firing his approach to just a couple of feet and seeing in the birdie for victory.

289-Christiaan Basson 71-74-77-67, Renato Paratore (ITA) 74-71-75-69, Eddie Pepperell (ENG).

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