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Otaegui mounts stunning finish for first European Tour title

115   //    20 Aug 2017, 20:51 IST
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Adrian Otaegui celebrates winning the Paul Lawrie Match Play final

Adrian Otaegui won four holes in succession to come from behind and beat home hope Marcel Siem in a stunning finish in the Paul Lawrie Match Play final.

Otaegui was three down through nine holes, but won six after the turn, including four on the spin in a thrilling par, birdie, birdie, birdie finish that secured a 2 and 1 victory at Golf Resort Bad Griesbach.

German Siem was 3up after eight and went 2up after birdieing the 13th, appearing set to see out a win. However, a bogey at the next opened the door for Otaegui to claim his first triumph on the European Tour.

The 24-year-old looked in fine fettle as he dispatched compatriot Alejandro Canizares 6 and 5 in the semi-final earlier on Sunday, and he rediscovered that form when it mattered.

Otaegui drained a 25-foot putt for birdie on 17 and the crumbling Siem was unable to match him, handing the Spaniard the title following a brilliant back nine.

Otaegui proved a worthy winner having played 11 fewer holes than Siem, triumphing in two of his matches 6 and 5.

"I'm so happy," he said. "The way I played the back nine being three down after nine holes, I played good golf.

"Obviously Marcel missed a couple of shots but I was very, very focused, I knew I could do it and the way I finished was just the perfect finish to the week.

"I've been playing very well the whole week. I've made a few mistakes as everybody does. I was very solid the whole week and I ended up with the trophy.

"It's a big combination of things, getting some confidence, knowing I can do it well."

Siem earned his place in the final with a 2 and 1 win over Johan Carlsson, and the Swede went on to secure third place by beating Canizares 3 and 2, despite slipping from 2up to trailing by a hole through nine.

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