A birdie-birdie finish allowed Otaegui to continue with options at Estrella Damm


A birdie-birdie finish allowed Otaegui to continue with options at Estrella Damm

What a great comeback ending Adrian Otaegui this Saturday, which left some work for the last day of Estrella Dam Andalucía Masters within RCG Sotogrande (Cádiz) but thanks to his final birdie-birdie (and round of 69 strokes for 204, -12) he still has options to retain the title.

On the third day where the Basque was a little more erratic from tee to green in the first 9 holes, again the putt did not want to accompany him (on the 17th and 18th, yes, it was clear) to finish the day on a higher classification note. Four strokes off the lead with two holes to go, the Basque’s ‘canutatzo’ on the 17th hole, par 3, and a three-meter pot putt on the 18th as well. Dane Jeff Winther (65) and German Mathias Schmid (65) are now in charge, with 202 strokes, 14 under parwhile Adrián is 3rd alone, two shots back and this Sunday he will appear in the main game.

And there is no denying this Sunday on the last day, which is a big improvement on its start time because the weather forecasts are very bad and if it comes true, expect again a lot of rain and strong gusts wind, there is even a storm alert. there is an electrical device included. Therefore, two shots of equal advantage do not mean much, and an inevitable distance, in the final development of the tournament.

The alert due to the entry this Sunday of hurricane ‘Bernard’ in the south-west of Spain has forced the European Tour to change plans in order to ensure that the tournament ends this Sunday and if there is no suspension or surprise of any other kind, the The name of the winner (if there is no playoff) will be known around 3:30 pm, two and a half hours ahead of schedule.

Getting back to Arnaus, in the top 10

Otaegui’s first birdie did not come until the 9th hole when his rivals in the battle for victory had already added several. The Basque scored his second on the first par 5 of the second round, the 12th hole, with a superb eagle option. On the 13th, the Gipuzkoan made his first bogey of the week, then made pars on the 14th, 15th and 16th and seeing a fairly flat card, he put the ‘joint’ on 17th, threw his fist in the air several times, and put himself at 11 under par, just third. The finish came at 18 with the fourth birdie and -12 on the scoreboard.

“A round that was pretty similar to Friday. In the second nine holes, I had more options, in the end, patience was the key. The wind was blowing less but it was changing. I worked well the first three days and two strokes what will be recovered” , Otaegui said in the mixed zone.

Early in the morning the Catalan came out to give everything Adri Arnaus, and the truth is that Moià’s player entered the top 10 thanks to a card of 65 strokes for 207 (-9), five from the head. “It’s so cool when golf looks easy,” Arnaus said in the mixed zone after signing a great card of seven under par.

It is true that this Saturday morning the Sotogrande course showed its friendliest side, but birdies had to be made and Arnaus did. “It felt good to take advantage of the good conditions. The mishap on hole 7 (double bogey) didn’t stop us. We got the rocks out of our pockets (because of the zero wind), the course was easier to -access but with flags hidden,” Arnaus said.

Source: La Verdad


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