Adrian Otaegui Player Profile
ADRIAN Otaegui stormed to a six-shot victory with an astonishing display of stroke-making to win the Andalucia Masters at Valderrama.
He reduced the course to 265 strokes, 19 under par, as he beat Sweden’s Joakim Lagergren. Min Woo Lee was third, a further three shots adrift.
Otaegui successfully challenged sanctions imposed by the DP World Tour for competing in LIV Golf events to be allowed to continue to play in Europe.
He said: "I'm very, very proud. I feel so happy to have my first win in Spain, in front of these crowds, on my favourite golf course in Spain. It's just unbelievable, the week went perfect.
"I just tried to play my game, tried to play as if I just teed off being square and just tried to beat the others today. I tried to stay focused and play every single hole with the same intensity and that was the main goal today.
"The whole week the crowds were absolutely amazing, especially yesterday and today. The scenery was amazing with all the narrow fairways, all the cork trees, all the spectators and all the kids - just unbelievable."
Who Is Adrian Otaegui?
Otaegui was born in San Sebastian on November 21, 1992 and Seve Ballesteros was his golfing hero. He won the Boys Amateur Championship in 2010.
He turned professional in July 2011 and played on the Challenge Tour until 2013. In 2013 he had three runner-up finishes, finishing seventh on the money list to gain his DP World Tour card. He failed to retain it but regained it at qualifying school, only to lose it again in 2015. At the end of 2015 he won Q-School and in 2016 he was runner-up at the Lyoness Open and tied for third at the Made in Denmark.
In 2017 he won the Paul Lawrie Matchplay. The following year he entered the top 100 in the world rankings after finishing second at the Volvo China Open and winning the Belgian Knockout. In 2020 he won the Scottish Championship, opening with a 62 and closing with a 63.
He began the Andalucia Masters in 24th place in the DP World Tour rankings and 158th in the world rankings. He was second at the ISPS Handa Championship in Spain in April 2022 and tied third at the Hero Open in July.
His mentor is José María Olazábal, having played most of his junior golf at his local golf club in the seaside resort of Fuenterrabia, where Olazábal was born and raised. He lists his interests as sports, cars and music.
Otaegui is one of the shortest hitters on the DP World Tour, averaging 286.27 yards from the tee, riding 63.80% of fairways and 66.43% of greens in regulation. He averages 28.80 putts per round and gets up and down from the sand 57.50% of the time.
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