Tour Pros Slam DP World Tour Over Lack Of Adrian Otaegui Coverage

Following an exceptional round by Adrian Otaegui, multiple professionals took to Twitter claiming that he wasn't given enough coverage

Otaegui waves to the crowd on the 18th green
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At the Andalucía Masters, third round leader, Adrian Otaegui, has been the main talking point, with the Spaniard setting a 54-hole scoring record around the notoriously difficult Valderrama track. However, it's not just his incredible golf that has caused a fuss, but also his association with LIV Golf.

Sitting six shots ahead going into the final round, it appeared that Otaegui was barely shown on the broadcast for the event, with many speculating that it's his association with LIV Golf that is the cause. The 29-year-old featured in three of the first four Saudi-backed tournaments and successfully overturned a ban to feature in the Scottish Open back in July, alongside Ian Poulter, Justin Harding and Branden Grace.


After the conclusion of play on Saturday, some golfers took to Twitter to voice their outrage that the Spaniard wasn't shown on the broadcast, especially as he shot a 64 around one of the toughest courses in the world. One of those players was 2022 Amateur Championship winner, Alejandro Larrazabal, who sent out a series of tweets on the matter, one of which suggested that Tour CEO, Keith Pelley, should step down.

Tweeting in Spanish, the translated message says: “I search and search and can't find a single mention of @adrianotaegui's feat today by the DP, leading by 6, does anyone find anything? If so, I promise to take a course on RRSS management or something... forgive my incompetence... #pathetic.”

In a follow-up tweet, he added: “Pelley must not finish the year, under no circumstances…the direction of the circuit is too Dantesque and someone has to fall, quickly, and change course. The last customers of the tour are the fans, let no one forget that.

"How long will it take for the players to rise up against the circuit management? Knowing the atrocities that are done to its members and the opportunities for expansion and growth that have been squandered?"

It wasn't just Larrazabal who thought this, as Scott Hend tweeted: "Big finish tomorrow at Valderrama. Be nice to see Adrian Otaegui W after the crap he has had to deal with after playing a couple of LIV events. The Man can Play. He's trailed by Lagergren and Hidalgo 6 off the pace. Might not see a shot from the leader tomorrow".

Another player was Lee Westwood, who has featured in all of the LIV Golf events, with the 49-year-old posting: "Is @adrianotaegui leading? And by 6! Wouldn’t know would you. Good luck today Adrian".

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