Adrian Otaegui added a third European Tour title on Sunday when he won the Scottish Championship by four strokes at Fairmont St Andrews.
The Spaniard delivered a clinical final-round showing by shooting a game-changing 9-under-par 63 to edge his way in front of a determined chasing pack of contenders on the day.
Otaegui holed nine birdies throughout his round, eight of which came in the space of 11 holes in what his only his first 72-hole stroke play victory on Tour.
‘Stroke play is my favourite way of golf, I think it’s the proper way,’ he said.
‘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 had no expectations this morning, really. I just wanted to go out there, play well and shoot as well as possible. I mean, If you told me I was going to shoot 63 this morning, I wouldn’t believe it. Everything went well, I played very well, I felt very well, I was very focused and I holed some good putts. It’s been a very good week and especially today was a very good day to finish that week.
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‘I feel so happy. To be able to win in Scotland, especially here in St Andrews, the home of golf, it means a lot to me.’
In the end, overnight leader Matt Wallace had to settle for 2nd place after going 1 under for his final round with countryman Aaron Rai securing 3rd spot.
Bryce Easton, Justin Walters and Compleat Golfer’s playing editor Brandon Stone finished as the highest-placed South Africans on 11 under par for the week, claiming a share of 16th place.
Justin Harding finished a further two strokes back on 9 under and had to settle for T30.