Adrian Otaegui was in superb form at Valderrama, as his tournament total of 19 under par set a new tournament record of 72 holes, with the Spaniard claiming his first professional title in his home country and his first victory over the DP World Tour since October 2020.
Before the start of the final round, there had been a bit of an uproar on Twitter from some pros over Otageui’s lack of TV time on Saturday, with former golfer LIV not appearing regularly on the show despite his breathtaking ride. However, on Sunday it was a whole different story, as a golf exhibition ended in a three-under final of 68.
A birdie at the last for a win in six shots, setting the tournament record at -19 👏@adrianotaegui | #EDAM2022 pic.twitter.com/2e4nCmSD6ZOctober 16, 2022
Starting six strokes ahead of Joakim Lagergren and Angel Hidalgo, who made the “par of the century” in Saturday’s match, it was more a question of whether Otaegui would succumb to the pressure on a Valderrama course which is known to be a tow card.
If you thought the Spaniard could do it, then you couldn’t be more wrong, as he birdied on the fourth and fifth, before a birdie on the ninth gave him a three-under front nine and an advantage. now seven strokes.
Otaegui was tearing Valderrama apart and not even a bogey on the 11th could derail him, as he parried the next six holes at a trot, before a closing birdie gave him a final round 68 and a new tournament record.
“I’m very proud of this performance,” said Otaegui, who took home the €500,000 top prize. “I feel so happy to have my first victory in Spain and in front of these crowds and on my favorite golf course in Spain.
“The week went perfectly and I just tried to play my game today and start like I was still even with them. I just needed to stay focused and play every shot with the same intensity as before.