Adrian Otaegui of Spain waves at his playing partners at Fairmont in St Andrews, Scotland, October 15 2020. Picture: MARK RUNNACLES/GETTY IMAGES
Adrian Otaegui of Spain waves at his playing partners at Fairmont in St Andrews, Scotland, October 15 2020. Picture: MARK RUNNACLES/GETTY IMAGES

Bengaluru — Spain’s Adrian Otaegui produced a barnstorming closing round of nine-under-par 63 for a four-stroke victory at the Scottish Championship on Sunday.

Otaegui used all his experience to overpower English duo Matt Wallace and Aaron Rai for his first stroke-play title at Fairmont St Andrews.

“To be able to win in Scotland, especially here in St Andrews, the home of golf, it means a lot to me,” said Otaegui. “Stroke play is my favourite way of golf, I think it’s the proper way. You have to play very solidly and very consistently all four rounds, which I think I did. I’m very happy to be able to win stroke play as well.”

Overnight leader Wallace had dropped just one stroke all week but his tee shot on the first hole ended up behind a wall and he made a bogey.

Otaegui, 27, started with a 25-foot putt for a birdie before gaining four more strokes to make the turn at 31.

Both Wallace and Otaegui carded bogeys at the 10th but the Spaniard recovered remarkably well to card five more birdies to finish at 23-under.

Wallace took second spot at 19-under after signing for 71, while Scottish Open champion Rai finished six off the pace in third with a bogey-free 66.

Englishman Garrick Porteous’ title challenge faded late in the day when he dropped three strokes in the final three holes.

Ryder Cup captain Padraig Harrington and former world No1 Lee Westwood both ended 11 strokes off the lead in a share of 14th after rounds of 68 and 67 respectively. Reuters

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