Spain’s Adrian Otaegui produced a barnstorming closing spherical of 9-below-par 63 to say a four-stroke victory on the Scottish Championship on Sunday.
Otaegui, whose outdated two European Tour wins got here in head-to-head matchplay occasions, worn all his journey to overpower English duo Matt Wallace and Aaron Rai for his first stroke-play title at Fairmont St Andrews.
“In insist to take away in Scotland, particularly proper right here in St Andrews, the home of golf, it method masses to me,” Otaegui acknowledged, who claimed his first Tour take away because the 2018 Belgian Knockout.
“Stroke play is my favorite method of golf, I procure or no longer it’s the right method. You procure to play very solidly and really persistently all 4 rounds, which I procure I did. I’m very cosy to be succesful to take away stroke play as properly.”
In a single day chief Wallace had dropped proper one stroke all week however his tee shot on the primary hole ended up on the abet of a wall and he made a bogey.
Otaegui, 27, began with a 25-foot putt for a birdie sooner than gaining 4 further strokes to invent the flip at 31.
Each Wallace and Otaegui carded bogeys on the tenth nonetheless the Spaniard recovered remarkably properly to card 5 further birdies to realize at 23-below.
Wallace took second design at 19-below after signing for 71, whereas Scottish Delivery champion Rai achieved six off the tempo in third with a bogey-free 66.
Englishman Garrick Porteous’ title catastrophe worn away late throughout the day when he dropped three strokes throughout the ultimate three holes to hotfoot into tied-fourth alongside compatriot Chris Paisley.
Ryder Cup captain Padraig Harrington and damaged-down world No. 1 Lee Westwood each ended 11 strokes off the lead in a chunk of 14th after rounds of 68 and 67 respectively.