• Otaegui satisfied with impressive start

    Adrian Otaegui
    Adrian Otaegui

    Adrian Otaegui was a pleased man after his blitz start to the Scottish Championship, which saw him take a three-shot lead after the opening round on Thursday.

    The Spaniard was in red-hot form and battled through some testing conditions with great success as he opened his account at Fairmont St Andrews with a brilliant 10-under-par 62.

    Otaegui looked effortless in his approach, managing a bogey-free display to open up a three-stroke gap over England’s Matt Wallace and South Africa’s Bryce Easton, who concluded the first round in a tie for 2nd place.

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    ‘Almost everything went well today,’ said the 27-year-old Otaegui, who is in search of his third European Tour victory.

    ‘I started with three birdies and actually there were two birdie holes that I didn’t birdie – the fourth and sixth – but then obviously I made some very good birdies on some other holes.

    ‘I putted really well, I also played very well from tee to green and felt confident and relaxed – 62 is really, really good.’

    Wallace on the other hand was just as impressive in his round, firing three consecutive birdies on the opening three holes.

    The four-time winner on Tour was particularly smooth with his putter, giving himself plenty of scoring opportunities that at the end of the day, probably could’ve seen him go lower for his round.

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    ‘It’s nice to get a score in the afternoon then get out in the morning but we don’t know what the conditions will be like.

    ‘It’ll be cold tomorrow morning, it might be quite tough starting on the tenth – one of the harder holes on the course.

    ‘I don’t really mind. Late on Saturday and Sunday would be nice,’ he added.

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