Scottish Championship R4

Otaegui claims special victory in St Andrews

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


Scottish Championship 2020 R4 - Otaegui claims special victory in St Andrews
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Adrian Otaegui produced a brilliant closing round of 63 to storm to his first 72-hole stroke play victory on the European Tour at the Scottish Championship presented by AXA.


“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.”

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.



“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.”

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.


“The whole week went very well,” said Otaegui. “Started with a very good round and I just tried to do a reset after every day and start from zero. I felt very good on the golf course, hit some very good shots. Today again I just wanted to give myself some opportunities, chances. I think I did, I hit some very good iron shots into the green. I holed some very good important putts, so I’m just very happy.

“I didn’t really (look at the leaderboard). I knew more or less how Matt (Wallace) and I were, but I just tried to do the best I could. If I played my best, I knew I was going to be up there. You can’t control what others are going to do, but I just tried to focus on myself, tried to feel confident and tried to feel good, and that’s what I did.”



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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 runner up finishes in stroke play events, including this season’s English Championship.




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Adrian Otaegui
-23
62
70
70
63
265
2
Matt Wallace
-19
65
67
66
71
269
3
Aaron Rai
-17
66
67
72
66
271
T4
Chris Paisley
-16
66
71
67
68
272
T4
Garrick Porteous
-16
66
69
66
71
272
6
Adrien Saddier
-15
67
67
71
68
273
T7
Marcus Armitage
-14
70
68
70
66
274
T7
Jonathan Caldwell
-14
70
66
68
70
274
T9
Matthew Baldwin
-13
70
72
68
65
275
T9
Sean Crocker
-13
70
66
67
72
275
T9
Jamie Donaldson
-13
70
70
69
66
275
T9
Oliver Farr
-13
73
67
70
65
275
T9
Sebastian Soderberg
-13
72
68
70
65
275
T14
Padraig Harrington
-12
66
69
73
68
276
T14
Lee Westwood
-12
67
70
72
67
276
T16
Bryce Easton
-11
65
72
72
68
277
T16
Ewen Ferguson
-11
67
72
71
67
277
T16
Alexander Levy
-11
70
71
70
66
277
T16
Eddie Pepperell
-11
68
70
66
73
277
T16
Matthew Southgate
-11
69
68
70
70
277
T16
Brandon Stone
-11
67
70
70
70
277
T16
Ben Stow
-11
70
70
67
70
277
T16
Justin Walters
-11
71
69
74
63
277
T16
Ashun Wu
-11
67
71
71
68
277
T25
Calum Hill
-10
70
72
66
70
278
T25
Matthew Jordan
-10
71
68
68
71
278
T25
Martin Simonsen
-10
69
69
68
72
278
T25
Paul Waring
-10
68
67
71
72
278
T25
Marc Warren
-10
67
69
72
70
278
T30
Wil Besseling
-9
71
69
73
66
279
T30
Justin Harding
-9
75
64
73
67
279
T30
James Morrison
-9
72
69
69
69
279
T33
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño
-8
67
73
70
70
280
T33
David Law
-8
73
67
72
68
280
T33
Richie Ramsay
-8
74
68
68
70
280
T33
Darius van Driel
-8
72
69
72
67
280
T37
Daniel Gavins
-7
70
68
75
68
281
T37
Scott Jamieson
-7
67
75
71
68
281
T37
Renato Paratore
-7
68
73
73
67
281
T37
Kristoffer Reitan
-7
73
64
74
70
281
T37
Shubhankar Sharma
-7
71
72
70
68
281
T37
Connor Syme
-7
70
70
69
72
281
T43
Pedro Figueiredo
-6
70
70
72
70
282
T43
Sam Horsfield
-6
74
69
68
71
282
T43
Craig Howie
-6
70
68
74
70
282
T43
Joël Stalter
-6
70
72
71
69
282
T43
Oliver Wilson
-6
72
68
75
67
282
T43
Lars van Meijel
-6
72
70
70
70
282
T49
Ashley Chesters
-5
72
70
70
71
283
T49
Steven Tiley
-5
69
74
73
67
283
T51
S.S.p. Chawrasia
-4
69
69
76
70
284
T51
David Drysdale
-4
69
71
73
71
284
T51
Tom Gandy
-4
70
73
73
68
284
T51
Hurly Long (a)
-4
69
73
73
69
284
T51
Adrian Meronk
-4
68
70
74
72
284
T56
Dave Coupland
-3
68
69
75
73
285
T56
Robin Petersson (a)
-3
71
71
72
71
285
T56
Benjamin Poke
-3
71
71
72
71
285
T56
Lorenzo Scalise
-3
71
71
74
69
285
T60
Ben Evans
-2
69
72
75
70
286
T60
Jens Fahrbring
-2
72
71
73
70
286
T60
Gregory Havret
-2
69
70
77
70
286
T63
Philip Eriksson
-1
73
67
73
74
287
T63
Ricardo Santos
-1
71
71
74
71
287
T65
Damien Perrier
E
70
70
75
73
288
T65
Marcel Schneider
E
73
70
73
72
288
67
Zach Murray
1
69
73
72
75
289
68
Daniel Young (a)
2
72
71
76
71
290
69
Joel Sjoholm
5
72
71
77
73
293
CUT
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
E
75
69
144
CUT
David Dixon
E
77
67
144
CUT
Raphael Jacquelin
E
72
72
144
CUT
Niklas Lemke
E
73
71
144
CUT
Aaron Cockerill
1
75
70
145
CUT
Stephen Gallacher
1
71
74
145
CUT
Liam Johnston
1
73
72
145
CUT
Gavin Moynihan
1
72
73
145
CUT
Jack Senior
1
76
69
145
CUT
Cormac Sharvin
1
74
71
145
CUT
Gaganjeet Bhullar
2
75
71
146
CUT
David Howell
2
73
73
146
CUT
Jake McLeod
2
74
72
146
CUT
Wade Ormsby
2
73
73
146
CUT
Toby Tree
2
74
72
146
CUT
Min Woo Lee
2
76
70
146
CUT
Dean Burmester
3
75
72
147
CUT
Romain Wattel
3
75
72
147
CUT
Dale Whitnell
3
75
72
147
CUT
Ross Cameron
4
76
72
148
CUT
Michael Campbell
4
77
71
148
CUT
Grant Forrest
4
76
72
148
CUT
Janne Kaske
4
78
70
148
CUT
Masahiro Kawamura
4
74
74
148
CUT
Nicolai Højgaard
5
77
72
149
CUT
Oscar Lengden
5
75
74
149
CUT
Chris Wood
5
73
76
149
CUT
Mathieu Fenasse (a)
6
78
72
150
CUT
Ross McGowan
6
74
76
150
CUT
Euan Walker (a)
6
74
76
150
CUT
Daan Huizing
7
76
75
151
CUT
Clement Sordet
7
77
74
151
CUT
Jordan Wrisdale
7
79
72
151
CUT
Scott Hend
10
75
79
154
CUT
Lee Slattery
16
82
78
160
WD
Niall Kearney
3
75
75
WD
Robert MacIntyre
6
78
78
WD
Alejandro Cañizares
9
79
38
117
WD
Callum Shinkwin
9
45
45
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