Adrian Otaegui on Augusta, Rory and playing in his pants!


Adrian Otaegui produced a sensational final round to win the Scottish Championship at Fairmont St Andrews for his third European Tour title and first strokeplay crown. We grabbed the 27-year-old Spaniard for a quick 18 (questions) about his life and career.

What is your biggest achievement in golf so far?

My three European Tour victories to date – they are steps towards hopefully a long and successful career. The first win (2017 Paul Lawrie Match Play) is always extra special and was what I was working 24 years towards…

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Adrian Otaegui with Paul Lawrie after his Match Play win in 2017.

And the biggest disappointment?

In 2011, I was the youngest Spanish player to get a European Tour card, earlier than Seve and Olazabal, but 2012 was a bad year – 10 starts and only one cut and I went on the Challenge Tour the following year.

What about the best advice you’ve ever been given?

Trust and believe in yourself – not only in golf, but for life in general

And the best advice you’d give to an amateur?

To know what their strengths and weaknesses are…and to take full advantage of the strengths.

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Did you ever have a career Plan B?

I was always going to be a golfer. That was always my dream. Because I like competition, it would be something in sport. I love cars so probably a rally driver!

Adrian Otaegui won the Belgian Knockout tournament for his second European Tour win.

What is the best thing about being a Tour pro?

Just to do what I love most in life and being able to live the dream.

And the worst part?

All the travelling, waiting around in airports and being away for the family for so long.

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If you could play one golf course for the rest of your life where would it be?

It would have to be Augusta. Like Valderrama, the more you play it, the more you get to know all its tricks…

Adrian Otaegui would like a little more distance off the tee.

What one thing would you change about your game if you could?

In an ideal world, I’d love to be longer off the tee.

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Can you name the player you would least likely to caddie for?

There are players yes (big grin), but there’s no way I’m going to name names.

What is one thing people would be surprised to learn about you?

I like music and I like to sing, mainly in Spanish of course.    

Adrian Otaegui is a big fan of Rory McIlroy's swing.

Is there a swing on Tour you’re envious of?

I would say Rory (McIlroy) though I’m not jealous of it – every player has got his own swing, his own strengths, his own weaknesses

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What is the most embarrassing moment of your career to date?

I de-trousered to my boxer shorts in order to play a shot by the edge of the water in South Africa. Thankfully it was a warm day!

Are you for or against a World Tour?

I think it could be a good thing but it depends on the conditions and if it’s done the right way.

Who is the hardest worker on Tour?

Jose Maria Olazabal when he was at his peak. Definitely.

Adrian Otaegui names Jose Maria Olazabal as the hardest working golfer.

Who would be in your dream fourball?

I would go with the legends of golf: Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and Seve Ballesteros.

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Who has been the biggest influence on your career?

My dad Javier – even though he didn’t play golf himself, he practised with me every day and I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for him.

Finally, one rule you would change in golf if any?

There have been a number of rule changes recently and, to be honest, I’m happy with the way things are now.

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