Adrian Otaegui, who just served a month-long suspension on the DP World Tour for playing on the LIV Golf circuit, is one off the lead after the opening round of the British Open.
The Spaniard shot a four-under-par 67 at Royal Liverpool Golf Club, putting him in a tie for second place with Tommy Fleetwood and Christo Lamprecht.
Otaegui’s suspension was lifted in June, and he has since made two starts on the DP World Tour, finishing 12th at the Irish Open and 43rd at the Scottish Open.
The 30-year-old is now looking to make a statement at the British Open, one of the four major championships in golf.
“It’s been a long time since I’ve been in this position,” Otaegui said after his round. “I’m really happy with the way I’m playing, and I’m looking forward to the rest of the tournament.”
Otaegui’s performance is a reminder of the talent that is still available to the DP World Tour, despite the defection of some of its top players to LIV Golf.
The Spaniard is one of several players who have been able to maintain their form despite the controversy surrounding LIV Golf. Others include Lee Westwood, Sergio Garcia, and Ian Poulter.
The British Open is the first major championship of the year that LIV Golf players are eligible to compete in. It will be interesting to see how they perform against the best players in the world.
Otaegui’s performance is a good start for the DP World Tour, and it will be hoping that he can continue to challenge for the title. If he does, it will send a message to the LIV Golf players that they have made a mistake in leaving the tour.