Oct 19th, 2020
Otaegui storms to victory in St Andrews
Brilliant closing round by Spaniard at Scottish Championship
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The Spaniard has shown himself to be an expert at head to head battles, winning both the 2017 Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play and the 2018 Belgian Knockout for his first two European Tour victories, and he showed all those skills again as it came down to a three man contest with playing partners Matt Wallace and Garrick Porteous at Fairmont St Andrews.
Otaegui entered the day four shots off the lead of Wallace but eight birdies in 11 holes from the fifth helped him finish at 23 under par, four clear of the Englishman.
"I'm very happy to win here in Scotland, the home of golf, next to St Andrews. It feels like a very special win for 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, my third win on the European Tour. I have no words."
Aaron Rai continued his recent excellent form to finish at 17 under par, a shot clear of fellow Englishmen Chris Paisley and Porteous, with the latter challenging for the title until falling away down the stretch.
After an opening round of 62, Otaegui's Sunday 63 bookended his week beautifully and saw him get over the line after three runners up finishes in stroke-play events, including this season's English Championship.