Spaniard shoots 10-under 62 for a 3-stroke lead in the 1st round as the European Tour wraps up a 4-event U.K. Swing
10: Number of birdies made by Spain’s Adrian Otaegui, who shot a bogey-free 62 for the first-round lead Thursday at the European Tour’s Scottish Championship at chilly Fairmont St. Andrews. Otaegui, playing in the second group of the day, birdied his first three holes before finishing with two consecutive birdies to set an early clubhouse target that would not be matched on a 50-degree day. “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,” Otaegui said. “I putted really well. I also played very well from tee to green and felt confident and relaxed; 62 is really, really good.” Otaegui, 27, is a two-time European Tour winner who is looking for his first victory in nearly 2½ years. England’s Matt Wallace also played bogey-free golf, highlighted by an eagle at the par-5 sixth hole, as he shot 7-under 65 to stand solo second. Ireland’s Padraig Harrington, 49, a three-time major champion and the captain of Europe’s 2021 Ryder Cup team, shot 66 for a share of third place. Harrington, a 15-time winner on the European Tour, is seeking his first victory in four years. England’s Aaron Rai, who won the Scottish Open two weeks ago, also was among the five players tied at 66. The inaugural Scottish Championship is the tour’s finale of a four-stop tour of the United Kingdom (scores).
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