The Spanish Adrián Otaegui, with an impressive last round with 63 strokes (nine under par), for a total of 265 (-23), he took the Scottish Championship, which was played in the legendary Saint Andrew, in what is his third triumph on the European Tour, two years and five months after the previous one.
Otaegui at 27 years old (he will turn 28 on November 21) conquered Saint Andrews. A mythical, public field, one of the oldest in the world, is perhaps not one of the most fearsome, but it is very complicated when the strong wind rages, being in a coastal place, unprotected by the sea. It is undoubtedly one of the most traditional, historical, that every player wants to step on at least once throughout his career and which, of course, dreams of beating and beating him. A site to frame.
And the feat was performed this Sunday by the Donostiarra, who had already starred on the first day a 62 (-10) that left everyone speechless, one that then remained at the top with two 70 (-2), and that today put the icing on his cake with a 63. In addition, starting in this last round four strokes from the then leader, the Englishman Matt Wallace, and one of the also British Garrick Porteous. All three playing in the same game.
A masterful tour
Despite the gray day, with the players warmer than usual, some even covering their faces and wearing hats, that is, without an annoying wind when playing, Otaegui sealed a masterful tour: ten birdies and a single bogey. He hardly missed more than one exit street, excellent with the putt, and already leading after the first nine holes, he did not let his rivals breathe, and it is not that they did it bad, since both presented cards below par.
But it is that the one born in San Sebastián, and resident in Dubai, embroidered it; and with two holes to go, his advantage was four strokes. Ended up with four strokes clear of Wallace, that he had to settle for second place; and with six on Aaron Rai, also English, who was finally third. He is the third Spaniard to win in Scotland, one of the previous two was the mythical Severiano Ballesteros.
It is the third triumph of the Donostiarra on the European Circuit, where he had not won since May 20, 2018, when he won the Belgian Open, and previously he won the Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play 2017.