We’ve all been there: your eyes pop open in the morning much wider than the time suggests and you have that sinking feeling in your stomach that you know you’re already late.
Now, imagine being a Tour pro who typically arrives to the course at least an hour prior to a tee time and waking up to realize the group on the tee is only three groups ahead of you. That’s what happened to Spain’s Pablo Larrazabal on Thursday in at the Hero Indian Open in New Delhi, India, one of the 10-most populous cities in the world.
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
Pablo Larrazabal awoke with a start, just 38 minutes before his tee-off time in the first round of the Indian Open.
He had a ”10-second shower,” a wild car ride through the streets of Delhi, and hit just 10 balls on the range before dashing to his first hole, the 10th. The disrupted preparation didn’t seem to affect him.
With adrenaline pumping through his body, the Spanish golfer made nine birdies along with two bogeys and a double to shoot 5-under 67 on Thursday.
Larrazabal was tied for second place with Paul Peterson and Matteo Manassero, two shots behind leader Emiliano Grillo.
Larrazabal said his phone reverted to Spanish time overnight, meaning his alarm didn’t go off, and he needed a wake-up call by a European Tour official.
”Waking up this morning, I didn’t think I was going to make it,” Larrazabal said. ”Delhi’s traffic is quite tough. I got lucky that we didn’t have traffic.”
Searching for his first European Tour victory, Grillo started and finished his round with birdies and had six more in between at the tough DLF Golf and Country Club.
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