Spain’s Pablo Larrazábal has been announced as the latest tour professional to become an international golfing ambassador for Golf Saudi.
Larrazábal, 37, who is a five-time winner on the European Tour, joins fellow Spaniard Adri Arnaus, and Britain’s Amy Boulden and Sweden’s Camilla Lennarth from the Ladies European Tour, in representing Golf Saudi in its efforts to promote the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia internationally as a golfing nation.
Barcelona-born Larrazábal, who turned professional in 2004, won the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year Award in 2008, after winning the Open de France in his first season on tour. He has since go on to win four further titles – the BMW International Open (2011, 2015), Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship 2014, and last year’s Alfred Dunhill Championship.
Speaking about his partnership with Golf Saudi, Larrazábal said: “I feel honoured to be part of the Golf Saudi team and I look forward to sharing the many wonders of Saudi Arabia with my golf fans. I love travelling to the Middle East and playing in tournaments there, a region where I have a strong record. Having played in this year’s Saudi International it’s clear that the golfing community is really making a foothold in the Kingdom.
“As a Golf Saudi ambassador, I’d like to play a first-hand role in growing the game there, particularly with the younger generations. It’s important for golf to expand in new markets if our sport is to continue to grow and develop a sustainable legacy.”
Majed Al Sorour, CEO of Golf Saudi, said: “We are privileged to have been able to appoint Pablo Larrazábal as an official Golf Saudi Ambassador. Pablo has taken a keen interest in our progress and we are lucky to have him onboard to support our ongoing development. Watching him play in this year’s Saudi International, I was able to see first-hand his immense ability on the golf course and we look forward to developing a strong working partnership and gaining his insights, particularly when it comes to attracting young Saudis to the game.”
For further information on Pablo Larrazábal and his appointment as a Golf Saudi ambassador, please visit: www.golfsaudi.com.