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Adrian Otaegui erases 4-stroke deficit in Scotland

Spaniard closes with a 9-under 63 to post a 4-stroke victory in the European Tour’s inaugural Scottish Championship

4: Number of strokes by which Spain’s Adrian Otaegui won the European Tour’s inaugural Scottish Championship on Sunday in St. Andrews, Scotland, after he started the day four strokes behind. Otaegui, 27, of San Sebastian, bookended the two low scores of the tournament – a first-round 62 and a final-round 63 – to shoot 23-under 265 at Fairmont St. Andrews and cruise to his third victory on the European Tour. However, it was the first stroke-play title for Otaegui, who won the 2017 Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play and the 2018 Belgian Knockout. “Everything went well today,” Otaegui said after his 9-under final round. “I’ve been doing good work the last few weeks. I didn’t know if it would be this week, but I felt like the win was coming.” He was the third Spaniard to win on the European Tour this season, joining Pablo Larrazabal (Alfred Dunhill Championship on Dec. 1) and Jorge Campillo (Qatar Masters on March 8). Otaegui won €161,925 (about $189,700) from the €1 million (about $1.17 million) purse. Englishmen occupied the next rungs on the ladder, with runner-up Matt Wallace (71) at 19-under 269, followed by Aaron Rai (66) in third place at 17-under 271 and Chris Paisley (68) and Garrick Porteous (71) tied for fourth at 16-under 272. On the tour’s revised schedule, the Scottish Championship was the fourth consecutive event in the United Kingdom, the tour’s second extended stay in the U.K. (scores).

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