Pablo Larrazabal Wakes Up 38 Minutes Before Tee Time, Shoots Five Under

The Spaniard was co-leader when he finished his round despite waking up with just 38 minutes to spare

Pablo Larrazabal
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The Spanaird recently bought a new phone and the alarm didn't go off before his Hero Indian Open tee time. It didn't matter though...

Pablo Larrazabal Wakes Up 38 Minutes Before Tee Time, Shoots Five Under

Pablo Larrazabal had a bit of a shock this morning after being woken up just 38 minutes before his tee time for the Hero Indian Open.

The Spaniard recently bought a new phone and set his alarm for his tee time this morning but the alarm never went off.

Instead, he was woken up with 38 minutes to spare and, impressively, still managed a 20 minute warm up.

It didn't matter though as the four-time European Tour winner shot a 67 to set the early pace at the Hero Indian Open to tie the lead.

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His 67 around the DDF Golf and Country Club included a four putt, two three putts and nine birdies to which he tweeted "happy days..."

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Larrazabal last won on Tour at the 2015 BMW International Open in Germany.

It's not the first time in recent years that a player has almost missed their tee time.

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Rory McIlroy, in true weekend hacker fashion, arrived to his Sunday singles match with Keegan Bradley at the 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah with just 10 minutes to spare.

That's because he got the time zones wrong, forgetting that Chicago is in Central Time and not Eastern Time.

Left: McIlroy is greeted by Olazabal with minutes to spare. Right: He was given a clock by Jose Maria to help him keep better time

European Captain Jose Maria Olazabal said, "All of the sudden we realised Rory was not here, and we started to look for him. Nobody knew."

McIlroy got a police escort to the course and after a couple of practice putts and an energy bar, arrived on the tee with three minutes to spare.

Like Larrazabal today in India, the late arrival didn't bother McIlroy as he went on to win 2&1 as Europe secured one of the greatest comebacks in sporting history.

Is a good pre-game warm up overrated? Perhaps.

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Elliott Heath
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Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-6. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!


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