Words by BGB Editorial
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland: Adrian Otaegui fired a flawless 62 to take the lead after day one of the inaugural Scottish Championship presented by AXA at a bitterly cold Fairmont St Andrews on Thursday.

“I putted really well, I also played very well from tee to green and felt confident and relaxed – 62 is really, really good.”

Adrian Otaegui

The Spainard rolled in a stunning 10 unanswered birdies to move to 10-under, three clear of a chasing duo comprising later starters Matt Wallace and Bryce Easton who both recorded eagles in their matching 65s.

European Ryder Cup skipper Padraig Harrington turned back the clock to post a fine 66 for a share of fourth spot alongside the English trio of Aaron Rai, Chris Paisley and Garrick Porteous.

But the day belonged to Otaegui who is seeking a third European Tour title at this week’s event.

“Almost everything went well today,” said a delighted Otaegui, who burst out of the blocks with a hat-trick of birdies at his opening three holes.

“I started with three birdies and actually there were two birdie holes that I didn’t birdie – the fourth and sixth – but then obviously I made some very good birdies on some other holes.

“I putted really well, I also played very well from tee to green and felt confident and relaxed – 62 is really, really good.”

KIRADECH IN A STRUGGLE TO MAKE THE CUT

Thailand’s sole representative this week, Kiradech Aphibarnrat faces an uphill task to make it into the weekend after posting a disappointing opening three-over 75.

The big-hitting star was unable to replicate the form he showed at last week’s BMW PGA Championship, picking up just the one birdie on a difficult day.