Having won two European Tour titles but for the first time ever, Adrian Otaegui was crowned at an event in the system’s 72-hole stroke play format.
On a work designed by Sam Torrance, the Fairmont courtyard outside St. Petersburg Andrews, Otaegui are golfer who owns two titles in the European tournament system but are in a match-to-fight format, with Paul Lawrie Match Play 2017 and Belgian Knock-Out 2018. In addition, the Spanish golfer is also known for was fined 3000 USD in an event last year for slow play.
After three rounds of 62-70-70, Otaegui was four strokes behind Matt Wallace’s top when he entered the decisive day. A good start with a birdie point, Otaegui accumulated four more strokes in the first half. The 10-year-old bogey score is the only technical mistake of the 27-year-old golfer because he scored five more birdies, including the scoring phase in the 63-stroke round hole (-9). At -23, Otaegui won the Scottish Championship presented by AXA 2020, a four-stroke difference with runner-up Wallace. Thereby, receiving checks worth 156,825 euros out of a total bonus fund of 1 million euros.
Third place (-17) goes to Aaron Rai, a golfer whose performance has been fairly good at recent events (Irish Open runner-up, Scottish Open champion). Chris Paisley and Garrick Porteous shared 4th place at -16.
The recent victory also helped Otaegui become the third Spanish golfer after legendary Seve Ballesteros and Rafa Cabrera-Bello crowned in a professional tournament in Scotland, “The House of Golf”.