(Reuters) – Spain’s Adrian Otaegui produced a barnstorming closing spherical of nine-under-par 63 to assert a four-stroke victory on the Scottish Championship on Sunday.
Otaegui, whose earlier two European Tour wins got here in head-to-head matchplay occasions, used all his expertise to overpower English duo Matt Wallace and Aaron Rai for his first stroke-play title at Fairmont St Andrews.
“To have the ability to win in Scotland, particularly right here in St Andrews, the house of golf, it means loads to me,” mentioned Otaegui, who claimed his first Tour win for the reason that 2018 Belgian Knockout.
“Stroke play is my favorite approach of golf, I feel it’s the right approach. It’s important to play very solidly and really persistently all 4 rounds, which I feel I did. I’m very comfortable to have the ability to win stroke play as properly.”
In a single day chief Wallace had dropped only one stroke all week however his tee shot on the primary gap ended up behind a wall and he made a bogey.
Otaegui, 27, began with a 25-foot putt for a birdie earlier than gaining 4 extra strokes to make the flip at 31.
Each Wallace and Otaegui carded bogeys on the tenth however the Spaniard recovered remarkably properly to card 5 extra birdies to complete at 23-under.
Wallace took second spot at 19-under after signing for 71, whereas Scottish Open champion Rai completed six off the tempo in third with a bogey-free 66.
Englishman Garrick Porteous’ title problem pale away late within the day when he dropped three strokes within the ultimate three holes to slide into tied-fourth alongside compatriot Chris Paisley.
Ryder Cup captain Padraig Harrington and former world primary Lee Westwood each ended 11 strokes off the lead in a share of 14th after rounds of 68 and 67 respectively.
Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Modifying by Toby Davis