St Andrews, Adrian Otaegui is on the podium

The American Sean Crocker, with a final round of 68 strokes (4 under par), for a cumulative 266 (-22), managed to release his record by winning the Hero Open golf, of the DP World Tour (former European Circuit) , which was played at the Scottish Fairmont St Andrews, with the Spanish Adrián Otaegui in third place.

Adrián Otaegui, results

Sean Crocker, 241 in the world and born 25 years ago in Harare (Zimbabwe), but of American nationality, could not have had a better field to achieve his first professional victory as the legendary St Andrews. He also did it, dominating from start to finish, as he became the leader after the first day and did not drop in the remaining three days from such a privileged position.

This Sunday, he faced the last day with two strokes of advantages over the Swedish Jens Dantorp and three over Adrián Otaegui, his teammates this Sunday. During the round he suffered again to keep his lead, because after the 9th hole the Spaniard was only one shot (-18) behind the American (-19).

But an error by Otaegui on the 10th, accompanied by a birdie by Crocker on the same hole, put the distance between the two at three. From then on, since Dantorp had also gotten off the hook, the American was able to more comfortably control his fellow party members.

The only one that escaped his direct control was the Englishman Eddie Pepperell, who delivered an excellent card with 65 strokes (-7), which put him in the clubhouse with a -21 that gave him second place alone and allowed him to dream with a ‘prick’ from Crocker that, at least, would take him to the tiebreaker.

Crocker, no longer taking big risks, did not fail, in the last 8 holes he made two ‘birdies’, for a card with 68 that gave him a final -22, which gave him his first victory as a professional. The son of a professional cricketer who left for California with his family at the age of five, raised his first trophy in St Andrews.

Otaegui, also with a 68, the result of six ‘birdies’ and two ‘bogeys’, for a total of -19, finished in a shared third place, together with Scotsman David Law. A magnificent position for the man from San Sebastian, although with a certain bitter aftertaste, since especially in the last two days he was very close to co-leading.

Álvaro Quirós’ last card was very notable, with 67 shots, since he started with bogeys at 1 and 2, but recovered admirably with seven birdies, six of them between 6 and 12. His prize , the final tenth place, with -16.