Golf tournaments

Adrian Otaegui won the Scottish Championship

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”.


Jon Rahm won the BMW Championship

John Rahm scored a birdie from nearly 20.1 meters to beat Dustin Johnson in the final pit, winning the BMW Championship on 30/8.
The last round at Olympia Fields, par70 recorded Rahm hitting 64 strokes, breaking the recent record of top of the league achievement – 66 strokes – which he himself set in the penultimate round. Meanwhile, Johnson finished 18 holes with 67 strokes. Due to the same finish at -4, both must decide whether to win or to lose at 18 par4, 498 yards.
At the beginning of this hole, Johnson kicked the ball unexpectedly into the tree on the left and then was thrown back to the fairway. Rahm also went in that direction, but passed the top then scored 366 yards. Both went green after the second shot, but Johnson had an advantage over Rahm because his position was closer to the hole. With the further ball position, Rahm putt kicked the ball first. Standing 20.1 meters away from the target’s mouth, he chooses the left putt. Rahm rolled the clubface with enough force, made the ball roll to the top of the slope, and then down and straight into the crater to collect the birdies. And Johnson sucessfully hit par after two putts.
“I know that DJ is good and has been in top form recently. But when I play the playoffs with him, I have a lot of confidence. To be honest, I just hope that putt will help me keep par to hold onto the back hole. Luckily the ball was on the right track, especially at the last three meters. It’s unbelievable that I won with that.” Rahm said at the ceremony.
In the penultimate round, Rahm reached par in hole 5. But his real point was bogey for a one-stroke penalty for forgetting to mark the ball spot on the green. That was Rahm’s only bogey for the two weekends. If he did not have that error, he would have won after 72 standard holes.


Koepka withdraws from Travelers Championship

Brooks Koepka together with the other 3 golfers decided to withdraw from the competition list after PGA Tour announced that there were 2 more caddies who were tested to be positive to Covid-19 before the event taking place in Connecticut.

Two caddies being tested positive to nCoV are Ken Comboy and Ricky Elliott. Comboy is the assistant, however, did not turn up on the TPC River Highlands golf course with golfer Graeme McDowell as he soon suspected himself to be Covid-9 positive and was given the final result at the beginning of the week. Comboy guessed that he had been infected after the commercial flight full of people to Orlando. After that, both of them went on the same car and stayed together in the same hotel room throughout the period of solving each other’s issues.

Elliott surpassed the medical testing and checking round before stepping into the golfcourse, then accompanied Brooks Koepka during the rehearsal round taking place on the 23th of June. In this rehearsal, there are McDowell, Koepka together with Chase’s brother and Shane Lowry. Afther the second test, all of them were announced to be Covid-19 negative, except from Elliott.

What happened has drawn 4 golfers to the final decision to withdraw from the tournament, before the opening round of Travelers Championship this year.

“Even though being tested negative, I still considered this issue as a serious one. I do not want to make bad effect on the health of other people and will cease competing during the next 2 weeks. The most reasonable thing to do at this time is to go home and support caddie Ricky.” Koepka said about his decision to leave Travelers Championship. Chase’s brother and McDowell also had the same reason while Simpson withdrawed not because of the recent situation. “During the last 24 hours, I had one of my family member test infected, I had the responsibility to take care of my family and keep all of my closest safe by withdrawing from the tournament.”