Scottish Championship R2

Wallace joins Otaegui at the summit in St Andrews

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


Scottish Championship 2020 R2 - Wallace joins Otaegui at the summit in St Andrews
Matt Wallace. (Getty Images)


Adrian Otaegui and Matt Wallace share the lead going into the weekend at the Scottish Championship presented by AXA, with Aaron Rai just one shot back as he aims for more success in Scotland.


“Anytime you shoot under par, like we’ve done the first two days, they’re both as good as each other.,” said Wallace. “Yesterday was obviously a really nice start to get you into a tournament and then I kind of slowed down a little bit. Today was kind of the opposite. It was kind of a slow start, slowish start, but steady and then I picked up on the back nine.”

Otaegui came in to the second round with a three shot lead, and followed up his impressive opening round of 62 with a battling 70 at Fairmont St Andrews as he targets a first strokeplay victory on the European Tour following his wins at the 2017 Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play and 2018 Belgian Knockout.



“When I finished yesterday, I wish I could have stayed on the course and kept playing another 18 holes or another 36 holes. It’s just another day with different feelings and I still think I did quite well today.

“I’m happy with the way I felt on the course, the way I played and obviously I had some bad holes today but I had some good ones and that’s golf. I think the most difficult thing is to keep the momentum. When something breaks, it’s just a different momentum and you have to try and get it again. 


“I would love it (a stroke play victory). I know it’s going to happen. My favourite way of golf is stroke play, so I definitely want to win that way.”

Englishman Wallace made the most of the favourable morning scoring conditions to record six birdies and a single bogey in his round of 67 to set the target at 12 under par. Playing in the company of Ryder Cup Captain Padraig Harrington, the four-time European Tour winner is aiming to build on his recent good form and play his way into Team Europe next year.

“You always like to, always hope to (impress the Ryder Cup Captain) but it’s not always the case. It’s good that I’ve done that in front of him but I’m not sure it’ll make much difference to Padraig. He will want players to be in there on merit and then if it comes down to a pick then he’ll want someone that’s in form.





“I’m going to try and do it where I don’t need a pick this time so this is a nice start. I’m taking in some good form from the last few weeks without posting any numbers so hopefully I can do that this week.”

Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open champion Rai is a shot behind the co-leaders after a round of 67 that included two eagles in his first six holes, with Adrien Saddier of France a stroke further back on ten under par.

“I was actually trying to play it a couple of yards right and pulled it a little bit but it was a good shot and you’d take that any day (eagle on the first hole),” said Rai. “It is tricky to try and settle yourself in between that shot and walking to the next because you do have quite a lot of time to think about it. I did feel quite settled after that. 



“I’m trying to focus on myself as much as possible and just to continue to do exactly what I’ve been doing over the last few months. If I do that, I’ll give myself chances to keep getting better and keep progressing.

“I asked Lee Westwood yesterday what keeps him motivated and his simple answer was he loves the game. It’s so refreshing to hear that from someone of his stature and his point of view in his career right now and I hope to do the same as much as possible.” Harrington is at nine under par alongside English pair Paul Waring and Garrick Porteous, with Scot Marc Warren, American Sean Crocker and Northern Ireland’s Jonathan Caldwell on eight under par.




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
T1
Adrian Otaegui
-12
62
70
132
T1
Matt Wallace
-12
65
67
132
3
Aaron Rai
-11
66
67
133
4
Adrien Saddier
-10
67
67
134
T5
Padraig Harrington
-9
66
69
135
T5
Garrick Porteous
-9
66
69
135
T5
Paul Waring
-9
68
67
135
T8
Jonathan Caldwell
-8
70
66
136
T8
Sean Crocker
-8
70
66
136
T8
Marc Warren
-8
67
69
136
T11
Bryce Easton
-7
65
72
137
T11
Chris Paisley
-7
66
71
137
T11
Kristoffer Reitan
-7
73
64
137
T11
Matthew Southgate
-7
69
68
137
T11
Brandon Stone
-7
67
70
137
T11
Lee Westwood
-7
67
70
137
T11
Dave Coupland
-7
68
68
T11
Adrian Meronk
-6
68
68
T19
Marcus Armitage
-6
70
68
138
T19
S.S.p. Chawrasia
-6
69
69
138
T19
Daniel Gavins
-6
70
68
138
T19
Craig Howie
-6
70
68
138
T19
Eddie Pepperell
-6
68
70
138
T19
Martin Simonsen
-6
69
69
138
T19
Ashun Wu
-6
67
71
138
T26
Ewen Ferguson
-5
67
72
139
T26
Justin Harding
-5
75
64
139
T26
Gregory Havret
-5
69
70
139
T26
Matthew Jordan
-5
71
68
139
T30
Wil Besseling
-4
71
69
140
T30
Jamie Donaldson
-4
70
70
140
T30
David Drysdale
-4
69
71
140
T30
Philip Eriksson
-4
73
67
140
T30
Oliver Farr
-4
73
67
140
T30
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño
-4
67
73
140
T30
Pedro Figueiredo
-4
70
70
140
T30
David Law
-4
73
67
140
T30
Damien Perrier
-4
70
70
140
T30
Sebastian Soderberg
-4
72
68
140
T30
Ben Stow
-4
70
70
140
T30
Connor Syme
-4
70
70
140
T30
Justin Walters
-4
71
69
140
T30
Oliver Wilson
-4
72
68
140
T44
Ben Evans
-3
69
72
141
T44
Alexander Levy
-3
70
71
141
T44
James Morrison
-3
72
69
141
T44
Renato Paratore
-3
68
73
141
T44
Darius van Driel
-3
72
69
141
T49
Matthew Baldwin
-2
70
72
142
T49
Ashley Chesters
-2
72
70
142
T49
Calum Hill
-2
70
72
142
T49
Scott Jamieson
-2
67
75
142
T49
Hurly Long (a)
-2
69
73
142
T49
Zach Murray
-2
69
73
142
T49
Robin Petersson (a)
-2
71
71
142
T49
Benjamin Poke
-2
71
71
142
T49
Richie Ramsay
-2
74
68
142
T49
Ricardo Santos
-2
71
71
142
T49
Lorenzo Scalise
-2
71
71
142
T49
Joël Stalter
-2
70
72
142
T49
Lars van Meijel
-2
72
70
142
T62
Jens Fahrbring
-1
72
71
143
T62
Tom Gandy
-1
70
73
143
T62
Sam Horsfield
-1
74
69
143
T62
Marcel Schneider
-1
73
70
143
T62
Shubhankar Sharma
-1
71
72
143
T62
Joel Sjoholm
-1
72
71
143
T62
Steven Tiley
-1
69
74
143
T62
Daniel Young (a)
-1
72
71
143
T70
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
E
75
69
144
T70
David Dixon
E
77
67
144
T70
Raphael Jacquelin
E
72
72
144
T70
Niklas Lemke
E
73
71
144
T74
Aaron Cockerill
1
75
70
145
T74
Stephen Gallacher
1
71
74
145
T74
Liam Johnston
1
73
72
145
T74
Gavin Moynihan
1
72
73
145
T74
Jack Senior
1
76
69
145
T74
Cormac Sharvin
1
74
71
145
T80
Gaganjeet Bhullar
2
75
71
146
T80
David Howell
2
73
73
146
T80
Wade Ormsby
2
73
73
146
T80
Toby Tree
2
74
72
146
T80
Min Woo Lee
2
76
70
146
T80
Jake McLeod
2
74
74
T86
Dean Burmester
3
75
72
147
T86
Romain Wattel
3
75
72
147
T86
Dale Whitnell
3
75
72
147
T89
Ross Cameron
4
76
72
148
T89
Michael Campbell
4
77
71
148
T89
Grant Forrest
4
76
72
148
T89
Janne Kaske
4
78
70
148
T89
Masahiro Kawamura
4
74
74
148
T94
Nicolai Højgaard
5
77
72
149
T94
Oscar Lengden
5
75
74
149
T94
Chris Wood
5
73
76
149
T97
Mathieu Fenasse (a)
6
78
72
150
T97
Ross McGowan
6
74
76
150
T97
Euan Walker (a)
6
74
76
150
T100
Daan Huizing
7
76
75
151
T100
Clement Sordet
7
77
74
151
T100
Jordan Wrisdale
7
79
72
151
103
Scott Hend
10
75
79
154
104
Lee Slattery
16
82
78
160
WD
Niall Kearney
3
75
75
WD
Robert MacIntyre
6
78
78
WD
Alejandro Cañizares
9
79
79