DP World Tour - Golf: Larrazabal can seal home success

27 April 2022 20:19:02 GMTPlus10
The DP World Tour heads to Spain this week

The DP World Tour returns to action after an almost four-week break, with Spain the venue for the ISPS Handa Championship.

There have been nine different winners on Tour so far this season, with eight different nationalities picking up a winner's cheque.

We head into Europe for the first time in 2022, with the Lakes Course in Tarragona the venue for this week's event and you can follow the action on the Live Golf Tracker.

Pablo confidence is flowing

One man who has already won this season is Pablo Larrazabal, having claimed success at the MyGolfLife Open last month, and he heads home this week to look for a second title.

The 38-year-old is a six-time winner on the DP World Tour, with his first tournament success coming back in 2008, but he is in the form of his life so far this year.

Larrazabal, who is 28/1 to claim the spoils, has been inspired in 2022 with a form guide of T35-T3-1-CUT-T5 and carding 10 sub-70s in his 18 rounds to date on Tour.

The Spaniard shot an opening 64 when finishing tied-fifth at the Qatar Masters and is in a strong looking group in the first two rounds this week – teeing it up alongside Nicolai Hojgaard and Bernd Wiesberger.

Larrazabal is 19/10 to win the first-round three-ball on Thursday, with Hoigaard 9/5 and Wiesberger available at 8/5.

Olesen rediscovering his form

Thorbjorn Olesen is a five-time winner on the DP World Tour and a former top-35 world ranking player – so many might be surprised to see him available at 50/1 to win this week.

The Dane has endured a few tough years, slipping outside of the top 350 in the world and having not won a professional event since 2018.

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Olesen though has shown signs of a return to form this year, especially with his T12 finish at the Qatar Masters where his third-round 76 cost him a chance to challenge on the Sunday.

The former Ryder Cup star should be full of confidence heading to northern Spain and Olesen is 60/1 to be the first-round leader.

Gavins has a chance to shine

Another player showing some positive signs in recent months is Daniel Gavins, who has made the cut in his last four tournaments on Tour.

The man from Leeds has one DP World Tour title to his name, which was ironically in the similarly named ISPS Handa World Invitational – hosted in Northern Ireland in 2021.

Gavins best result of this year was a T6 finish in the Magical Kenya Open in March, whilst the Englishman started strongly in Qatar and will be disappointed with his weekend display.

Opening rounds of 71 and 67 put him in contention in Doha, but 76 and 77 on the weekend saw the 31-year-old finish T62.

But he does have the advantage of having had success on a course that not many of the field would have played, The Lakes, before this week. Gavins won the Qualifying School second stage event here back in 2015.

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