By Derek Lawrenson for the Daily Mail
Published: 23:43 BST, 18 October 2020 | Updated: 23:43 BST, 18 October 2020
There was no robot dance this time from Matt Wallace at the Scottish Championship at St Andrews. Just a final round from the 30-year-old Londoner that lacked any rhythm from the start.
Instead, all the nifty moves came from the Spaniard Adrian Otaegui, who waltzed his way to a first strokeplay title courtesy of a wonderful 63.
Twenty-four hours earlier, there had been a little Saturday night fever from Wallace after holing a marvellous bunker shot at the 17th hole on the Fairmont course, situated a couple of miles outside the Auld Grey Toun. ‘That’s for you, Graham,’ he said, referring to his short game coach Graham Walker, as he boogied his way out of the sand.
Adrian Otaegui poses with the trophy following his victory at the Scottish Championship
Wallace began the final round four shots ahead of Otaegui, but ended it four strokes adrift as the 27-year-old from San Sebastian, mentored by Jose Maria Olazabal, showed off a wizard’s touch around the greens worthy of his legendary compatriot.
The man with a full set of vowels to his name put together a card full of birdies, no fewer than 10 in all, to complete a feat that always eluded Olazabal — a professional victory in Scotland, and at the Home of