Adrian Otaegui outlasts the opposition at Belgian Knockout

Spaniard took his first European Tour win in Antwerp

Spain's Adrian Otaegui claimed his second European Tour title with victory over France's Benjamin Hebert in the final of the inaugural Belgian Knockout in Antwerp.

Otaegui, who won the Paul Lawrie Match Play event last year, birdied four of the last six holes to beat Hebert by two shots at Rinkven International Golf Club.

Scotland's David Drysdale, who had earlier lost to Otaegui in the semi-finals, beat England's James Heath by a shot in the third/fourth place play-off.

A nervous start to the final saw both players bogey the opening hole, but Hebert quickly settled and moved a shot clear thanks to a birdie from 15 feet on the next.


Otaegui then enjoyed a major slice of luck when his tee shot on the fourth skirted the edge of a water hazard and clung onto dry land, from where he hit a superb approach to set up a tap-in birdie.

A birdie from much longer range on the next then edged Otaegui in front and after both men birdied the short seventh, Otaegui made it four birdies in the space of five holes on the eighth to double his advantage.

And with Hebert unable to produce any fireworks on the last, a par was good enough to give Otaegui a two-shot win and the first prize of #145,000.

Collated European Tour Belgian Knockout, Rinkven International GC, Antwerp, Belgium


James Heath bt Nicolas Colsaerts (Bel) 32-33

Benjamin Hebert (Fra) bt Mike Lorenzo-Vera 34-35

Adrian Otaegui (Spa) bt Jorge Campillo (Spa) 34-36

David Drysdale bt Victor Perez (Fra) 41-43


Benjamin Hebert (Fra) bt James Heath 32-33

Adrian Otaegui (Spa) bt David Drysdale 32-36


Adrian Otaegui (Spa) bt Benjamin Hebert (Fra) 32-34