KLM Open '23, ten birdies for Adrian Otaegui

Good start in Holland for Edoardo Molinari and Renato Paratore

by Andrea Gussoni
KLM Open '23, ten birdies for Adrian Otaegui

Good start in Holland for Edoardo Molinari and Renato Paratore. At Bernardus Golf in Cromvoirt (par 72), the two Azzurri closed the first round of the KLM Open, a DP World Tour tournament, in 68 (-4) strokes and share the 12th position.

Start of the show for the Spaniard Adrian Otaegui, leader with 63 (-9) after a performance supported by ten birdies, with a bogey.

KLM Open, results

Number 127 in the world, Otaegui precedes his compatriot Pablo Larrazabal, the Frenchman Joel Stalter and the Englishman Andy Sullivan, all 2nd with 66 (-6).

While the transalpine Victor Perez, who defends the title won in 2022, did not go beyond 80th place with 73 (+1). Six birdies and two bogeys for both. Identical roadmap for Edoardo Molinari, vice-captain of the Europe team at the Ryder Cup in Rome, and Paratore.

Difficulty for Filippo Celli, only 120/o with 75 (+3) ahead of Guido Migliozzi, 137/o with 76 (+4). Migliozzi from Vicenza, who started from hole 10, scored only one birdie in the first nine holes played, with three bogeys and a quadruple bogey.

While in the second part of the race, after another bogey at 1, he reversed course with three birdies. The KLM Open, which guarantees $2,000,000 in prize money, can guarantee entry to the US Open. Together with the Italian Open, the Soudal Open and the Porsche European Open (June 1-4 in Hamburg, Germany), it is in fact part of those qualifying tournaments for the third men's Major in 2023 (scheduled for June 15-18 in Los Angeles, California) which, through a special order of merit, will assign two places for the US Open.

Adrian Otaegui (born November 21, 1992 in San Sebastian) is a Basque golfer. His parents live near Biarritz. In 2009 he played for Spain in the ELTK at de Pan. In 2010 he was 2nd in the Coupe Mural and 3rd in the Brabazon Trophy.

On August 14, 2010, he won the British Boys Championship at Kilmarnock (Barassie) Golf Club in Scotland. In the final he beat Max Rottluff from Germany 4&3. After this he was named Boys Golfer of the Year. Other Spanish players who won this championship were José María Olazabal (1983), Sergio Garcia (1997), Alfonso Gutierrez (1999), Pablo Martín (2001) and Emilio Cuartero (2007).

Two weeks later he played in the continental team at the Jacques Leglise Trophy at Castelconturbia Golf Club in Castelcovati in Italy. In May 2011 he is ranked number 35 on the World Amateur Golf Ranking.

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