Larrazabal fires brilliant 67 after making late arrival due to oversleeping
An incorrect time-zone on his phone led to Larrazabal’s alarm not going off.
Spanish golfer Pablo Larrazabal was given a shock awakening after oversleeping on day one of the Hero Indian Open but still managed to card a brilliant 67 after a dash through the streets of New Delhi.
In scenes reminiscent of Rory McIlroy’s close-shave to make the tee-time for his singles match at the Ryder Cup in 2012, an incorrect time-zone on his phone led to Larrazabal’s alarm not going off and a wake-up call from a European Tour official just 38 minutes before he was due to start his round.
A quick shower and a fast car ride later, the 34-year-old was on the range at DLF Golf and Country Club but he aborted his warm-up after 10 balls with the adrenaline pumping through his body.
He showed few ill-effects when he got to the 10th tee, carding nine birdies to go with a double and two bogeys to get to five under and share the early lead.
“My lovely new iPhone went back to Spanish time overnight and I woke up at the hotel 38 minutes before my tee-time,” he told europeantour.com.
“I woke up, had a 10-second shower and I ran and had courtesy car waiting for me. I arrived at the course 25 minutes before my tee-time.
Well... they woke me up 38 min before the tee time, i had 20 min to warm up... one 4 putt, two 3 putts and 9 birdies... happy days... @HeroIndianOpen— Pablo Larrazabal (@plarrazabal) March 8, 2018
“I think the courtesy car made a world record from the hotel to the golf course in a couple of minutes, a ride that can take 10 or 15 minutes, it was really wild.
“The adrenaline didn’t help. After hitting 10 balls on the range, I told my caddie that I had to stop because I was nervous.
“Waking up this morning I didn’t think i was going to make it. Delhi’s traffic is quite tough. I got lucky that we didn’t have traffic.”