Oct 17 (Reuters) – Spanish golfer Adrian Otaegui was delighted with his triumph at Sunday’s Andalucia Masters but there is no guarantee he will be able to defend his title at next year’s DP World Tour event as the war between LIV and the established circuits rages on .
The LIV Golf Series has lured away some of the sport’s biggest names with huge purses, while those who have joined the rebel circle are no longer eligible to compete in PGA Tour events.
Attempts by the European DP World Tour to follow suit have so far been unsuccessful, as LIV players are still eligible until a court hearing next year.
Otaegui, who has competed in three LIV events, capitalized on his opportunity to claim his fourth European title with a six-shot win at Real Club Valderrama.
The 29-year-old started the final day with a six-shot lead, shooting four birdies and a bogey to sign off on a 68 and finishing with a tournament record 19-under par.
LIV colleague Lee Westwood called out the DP World Tour on social media for coverage of Otaegui, who said he was “very proud” of his win.
“I’m so happy to have my first win in Spain, in front of these crowds, at my favorite golf course in Spain,” said Otaegui.
“It’s just incredible. I’m very happy with everything, the week went perfectly.” I’m very happy with the way I did it (on Sunday) because it was my first time with such a big difference.
“The plan was simple, start strong, forget my shot difference and try to beat the others. I played very well until the end. I tried to follow the plan and I think I did well. ”
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(Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford)
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