Adrian Otaegui wins maiden title at Paul Lawrie Match Play

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Germany's Marcel Siem remained on course to emulate compatriots Bernhard Langer and Martin Kaymer after reaching the final of the Paul Lawrie Match Play. "On the front nine both of us didn't really play that well, but as soon as we came to the back nine we switched on and it was proper golf". He was three up at the turn and two up with five holes to play but Otaegui won the 14th with a par and then made three birdies in a row to claim his first European Tour trophy in 123 starts.

Asked about the prospect of matching major champions Langer and Kaymer in winning a European Tour event on home soil, Siem admitted: "It's shivers already.There's a lot of golf to play still. I like to play aggressive and I tried to hit away [from the hole] on the par three and he made that birdie and I said, "Okay, this isn't working, keep on playing aggressive" and I played beautifully". It would be fantastic to win on home soil.

Otaegui, who had earlier thrashed fellow Spaniard Alejandro Canizares 6&5 in the semi-finals, added on Sky Sports: "I hit a very good drive on 15, then a ideal seven iron to one foot".

Siem had been eight under par for 16 holes in beating Sweden's Johan Carlsson 3&2 in the semi-finals, with Carlsson going on to beat Canizares by the same score in the third/fourth place play-off.


Also through to the last four are Alejandro Canizares and Adrian Otaegui, who will meet in an all-Spanish semifinal on Sunday.

Wall eased past Jamie Donaldson in the last 16, on a day when storms forced a delayed start and the ninth tee to be moved, but met his match when facing Swede Carlsson in the last eight.

Siem was joined by compatriots Alexander Knappe and Florian Fritsch, but Maximilian Kieffer could not make it four Germans from four in the last 16 as he lost to Marcus Fraser 2 and 1.

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