After a promising beginning, Otaegui leads

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At the Scottish Championship, ADRIAN OTAEGUI made an early declaration of intent, braving the cold, autumn weather at Fairmont St Andrews to lead after the first round by three shots.

To leave the chasing pack behind, the Spaniard played a flawless 62 and made 10 birdies. Matt Wallace of England and Bryce Easton of South Africa are tied for second place.

“I putted really well. I also played very well from tee to green, feeling confident and relaxed. Almost everything went well, the 62 is really, really good.”

The 27-year-old began on the back nine with three consecutive birdies and followed up on 15, 17 and 18 to hit the turn with 30.

On the first, second, third and seventh holes, more birdies made for a memorable day for World No. 248, who added: “I felt like a good round might be coming.”

I didn’t know how good I was, but I played very well from tee to green and felt good in the last two weeks, even though the results weren’t very good. But the putting didn’t happen there. But today, the putter was hot, which was the main difference.

Padraig Harrington of Ireland and the English trio of Chris Paisley, Aaron Rai and Garrick Porteous shot six under 66 each, while compatriot Lee Westwood was one more shot back among the players.

The former number one in the world said, “This golf course is set up for tourists, I guess, and there’s plenty of room.” You’re not going to see better greens all year. They’re completely immaculate.

I think they’re some of the best green links I’ve ever seen. You can find out a lot of possibilities.

“Most of the par 5s are reachable, and there are a few reachable par 4s where you can get close, so yes, you can score.”

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