Scottish Championship R1

Otaegui leads the charge in St Andrews

October 15-18
Fairmont St Andrews, St Andrews, Scotland
€1,000,000
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4


Scottish Championship 2020 R1 - Otaegui leads the charge in St Andrews
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Spain’s Adrian Otaegui takes a three shot lead into the second round of the inaugural Scottish Championship presented by AXA after an impressive bogey-free opening round of 62.


A hat trick of birdies at the beginning of both nines helped the two-time European Tour winner set a target of ten under par at Fairmont St Andrews, with Englishman Matt Wallace and Bryce Easton of South Africa his closest challengers at seven under par.

“Almost everything worked today,” said Otaegui, “I started with three birdies and I played very well from tee to green, felt confident and relaxed. Almost everything went well today. 62 is really, really good. 



“I felt like a good round could come, I didn’t know how good but the last two weeks, even if the results were not very good, I was playing very well from tee to green and feeling good. But the putting wasn’t there. Today the putting did go well. Same putter, just changed my stance and my grip a little bit.

“I was feeling good in the practice days, but until you play a tournament you don’t know what’s going to happen. I played the same from tee to green, but the putter was hot today. That was the main difference.”


The venue is hosting a European Tour event for the first time, but Easton in particular is feeling positive vibes, having spent his wedding night at the resort overlooking the famous town of St Andrews.

“65 is always good and even though it’s not as windy as it has been over the last couple of days, and the course is playing a bit easier, to be out there in the cold and have two good nines, finishing in the dark and finishing strongly on a couple of holes. I’m stoked with seven under. 

“I saw the ten under on the board (from Otaegui), you can’t help but notice that. I expected fours and fives and the odd couple better than that but ten is some serious golf. 

“The course is great. Some of the best greens I’ve seen in a long time. We spent our wedding night here at the Fairmont, we got married in St Andrews. Good vibes all round. It’s a lovely course – views for days – and the greens are holding up quite well considering the wind.”



European Ryder Cup Captain Padraig Harrington and English trio Garrick Porteous, Chris Paisley and Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open champion Aaron Rai are a shot further back after opening rounds of 66.

Ewen Ferguson, Scott Jamieson and Marc Warren are the leading Scots, joining former World Number One Lee Westwood in a group of eight players at five under par.




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
1
Adrian Otaegui
-10
62
T2
Bryce Easton
-7
65
T2
Matt Wallace
-7
65
T4
Padraig Harrington
-6
66
T4
Chris Paisley
-6
66
T4
Garrick Porteous
-6
66
T4
Aaron Rai
-6
66
T8
Ewen Ferguson
-5
67
T8
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño
-5
67
T8
Scott Jamieson
-5
67
T8
Adrien Saddier
-5
67
T8
Brandon Stone
-5
67
T8
Marc Warren
-5
67
T8
Lee Westwood
-5
67
T8
Ashun Wu
-5
67
T16
Dave Coupland
-4
68
T16
Adrian Meronk
-4
68
T16
Renato Paratore
-4
68
T16
Eddie Pepperell
-4
68
T16
Paul Waring
-4
68
T21
S.S.p. Chawrasia
-3
69
T21
David Drysdale
-3
69
T21
Ben Evans
-3
69
T21
Daniel Gavins
-2
70
T21
Gregory Havret
-3
69
T21
Hurly Long (a)
-3
69
T21
Zach Murray
-3
69
T21
Martin Simonsen
-3
69
T21
Matthew Southgate
-3
69
T21
Steven Tiley
-3
69
T31
Marcus Armitage
-2
70
T31
Matthew Baldwin
-2
70
T31
Jonathan Caldwell
-2
70
T31
Sean Crocker
-2
70
T31
Jamie Donaldson
-2
70
T31
Pedro Figueiredo
-2
70
T31
Tom Gandy
-2
70
T31
Calum Hill
-2
70
T31
Craig Howie
-2
70
T31
Alexander Levy
-2
70
T31
Damien Perrier
-2
70
T31
Joël Stalter
-2
70
T31
Ben Stow
-2
70
T31
Connor Syme
-2
70
T45
Wil Besseling
-1
71
T45
Stephen Gallacher
-1
71
T45
Matthew Jordan
-1
71
T45
Robin Petersson (a)
-1
71
T45
Benjamin Poke
-1
71
T45
Ricardo Santos
-1
71
T45
Lorenzo Scalise
-1
71
T45
Shubhankar Sharma
-1
71
T45
Justin Walters
-1
71
T54
Ashley Chesters
E
72
T54
Jens Fahrbring
E
72
T54
Raphael Jacquelin
E
72
T54
James Morrison
E
72
T54
Gavin Moynihan
E
72
T54
Joel Sjoholm
E
72
T54
Sebastian Soderberg
E
72
T54
Oliver Wilson
E
72
T54
Daniel Young (a)
E
72
T54
Darius van Driel
E
72
T54
Lars van Meijel
E
72
T65
Philip Eriksson
1
73
T65
Oliver Farr
1
73
T65
David Howell
1
73
T65
Liam Johnston
1
73
T65
David Law
1
73
T65
Niklas Lemke
1
73
T65
Wade Ormsby
1
73
T65
Kristoffer Reitan
1
73
T65
Marcel Schneider
1
73
T65
Chris Wood
1
73
T75
Sam Horsfield
2
74
T75
Masahiro Kawamura
2
74
T75
Ross McGowan
2
74
T75
Jake McLeod
2
74
T75
Richie Ramsay
2
74
T75
Cormac Sharvin
2
74
T75
Toby Tree
2
74
T75
Euan Walker (a)
2
74
T83
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
3
75
T83
Gaganjeet Bhullar
3
75
T83
Dean Burmester
3
75
T83
Aaron Cockerill
3
75
T83
Justin Harding
3
75
T83
Scott Hend
3
75
T83
Niall Kearney
3
75
T83
Oscar Lengden
3
75
T83
Romain Wattel
3
75
T83
Dale Whitnell
3
75
T93
Ross Cameron
4
76
T93
Grant Forrest
4
76
T93
Daan Huizing
4
76
T93
Jack Senior
4
76
T93
Min Woo Lee
4
76
T98
Michael Campbell
5
77
T98
David Dixon
5
77
T98
Nicolai Højgaard
5
77
T98
Clement Sordet
5
77
T102
Mathieu Fenasse (a)
6
78
T102
Janne Kaske
6
78
T102
Robert MacIntyre
6
78
T105
Alejandro Cañizares
7
79
T105
Jordan Wrisdale
7
79
107
Lee Slattery
10
82