Adrian Otaegui Cruises To Historic Andalucia Masters Title

The Spaniard never looked challenged at Valderrama, as he picked up a six shot win

Otaugui waves to the crowd after holing the winning putt
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Adrian Otaegui was in superb form at Valderrama, as his 19-under-par tournament total set a new 72-hole tournament record, with the Spaniard picking up his first professional title in his home country and first DP World Tour victory since October 2020.

Before the final round got underway, there had been a bit of Twitter outcry from some professionals over the lack of TV time Otageui had on Saturday, with the former LIV Golfer not appearing regularly on the broadcast despite his stunning round. However, on Sunday, it was a completely different story, as an exhibition of golf concluded with a three-under final round of 68.

Starting six shots clear of Joakim Lagergren and Angel Hidalgo, who made the "par of the century" during Saturday's play, it was more a matter of whether Otaegui was going to succumb to the pressure on a Valderrama course which is known for being a card wrecker.

If you thought the Spaniard might, then you couldn't be more wrong, as he birdied the fourth and fifth, before a birdie at the ninth gave him a three-under front nine and a now seven shot advantage.

Otaegui was ripping Valderrama apart and not even a bogey at the 11th could derail him, as he parred the next six holes on the trot, before a closing birdie gave him a final round 68 and a new tournament record.

Angel Hidalgo waves to the crowd

Hidalgo secured his DP World Tour card after his fourth place finish

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"I'm very proud of this performance," stated Otaegui, who picked up the €500,000 first prize. "I feel so happy to have my first win in Spain and in front of these crowds and at my favorite golf course in Spain.

"The week went perfectly and I just tried to play my game today and tee off as if I was still all-square with them. I just needed to stay focused and play every single shot with the same intensity as I had done previously." 

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x