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José Manuel Lara (born 21 May 1977) is a Spanish professional golfer.

José Manuel Lara
KLM 2009 José Manuel Lara.JPG
At the 2009 Dutch Open
Personal information
Full nameJosé Manuel Lara
Born (1977-05-21) 21 May 1977 (age 42)
Valencia, Spain
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight87 kg (192 lb; 13.7 st)
Nationality Spain
ResidenceValencia, Spain
Turned professional1997
Current tour(s)Challenge Tour
Former tour(s)European Tour
Professional wins5
Number of wins by tour
European Tour2
Challenge Tour1
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentDNP
PGA ChampionshipDNP
U.S. OpenCUT: 2009
The Open ChampionshipCUT: 2010

Lara was born in Valencia, Spain. He turned professional in 1997, and has competed on the European Tour since 2001, having finished 11th in the previous seasons Challenge Tour rankings. From 2003 to 2012, he maintained his tour card by finishing inside the top 115 on the Order of Merit, with a best of 30th place in 2006. However, after a poor 2013 season in which he only made 7 cuts from 29 tour events, he finished 154th on the money list and failed to regain his card at Q-School.

Lara claimed his first European Tour victory at the Hong Kong Open in November 2006.[1] He has featured in the top 100 of the Official World Golf Ranking.

At the 2012 BMW International Open, Lara was disqualified after his caddie tried to hide an illegal 15th club. In 2017, Lara was briefly the caddie for Sergio García. García's regular caddie left temporarily after his wife gave birth.

Lara is running a golf TV show at Movistar Golf Channel, named Movistar Lara Golf Academy,and is a golf director of A La Roca Golf Academy by Jmlara, at la Roca golf club, close to Barcelóna.


Amateur wins (2)Edit

  • 1996 European Junior Amateur Championship, Spanish Amateur Open Championship

Professional wins (5)Edit

European Tour wins (2)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 19 Nov 2006
(2007 season)
UBS Hong Kong Open
(co-sanctioned by Asian Tour)
−15 (64-66-66-69=265) 1 stroke   Juvic Pagunsan
2 19 Sep 2010 Austrian Golf Open −17 (66-71-70-64=271) Playoff   David Lynn

European Tour playoff record (1–0)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 2010 Austrian Golf Open   David Lynn Won with par on first extra hole

Challenge Tour wins (1)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 13 Sep 1998 Warsaw Golf Open −11 (69-70-66-68=273) 2 strokes   Raimo Sjöberg

Other wins (2)Edit

  • 2008 Peugeot Loewe Tour de Maioris
  • 2009 Peugeot Loewe Tour Golf Escorpión

Results in major championshipsEdit

Tournament 2009 2010
U.S. Open CUT
The Open Championship CUT

Note: Lara never played in the Masters Tournament or the PGA Championship.

  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut

Results in World Golf ChampionshipsEdit

Tournament 2007
Bridgestone Invitational 76

Note: Lara never played the other 3 WGC.

Team appearancesEdit




  1. ^ "Lara clinches first Tour victory". BBC Sport. 19 November 2006. Retrieved 2009-03-18.

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