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21.08.2017 - European Tour: Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play, Golf Resort Bad Griebsach Marcel Siem schrammt am Sieg vorbei

Marcel Siem startete stark in das Finale und sah schon wie der Sieger aus, das Matchplay-Format schien es gut mit ihm zu meinen. Doch dann produzierte der Spanier Adrian Otaegui unglaubliche Schläge, spielte Birdie um Birdie in einer bogeyfreien Runde und am Ende musste Marcel Siem sich mit einer 2und1-Niederlage abfinden. Das fiel ihm schwer.

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Auf den zweiten neun Löchern wollte die Birdieputts bei Marcel Siem nicht fallen. © Störtebek

Im Finale der Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie standen sich der Spanier Adrian Otaegui und Marcel Siem gegenüber. Marcel Siem wollte vor heimischem Publikum in Bad Griesbach unbedingt gewinnen und untermauerte seine Ambitionen mit drei Birdies auf den ersten neun Löchern. Der Spanier spielte alles in Par, Siem lag Drei auf, ein eigentlich solides Polster. Nach einem Bogey an der 14 führte er noch 2auf, doch dann zauberte der Spanier drei Birdies aus dem Hut, Siem gelangen jeweils nur Pars. Am Ende spielte Otegui fünf Birdies auf den zweiten neun Löchern und gewann 2auf1. Siem war geschockt: "Ich hatte das Spiel im Griff, hätte nur noch Pars und das eine oder andere Birdie gebraucht. Ich bin echt genrvt, echt enttäuscht. Ich hatte den Sieg vor Augen."

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Adrian Otaegui turned the tables, winning six of the eight holes after the turn - including the final four. © Getty Images

ENGLISH: Adrian Otaegui produced a stunning fightback to beat home favourite Marcel Siem 2 and 1 and win his first European Tour title at the Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play. Marcel Siem 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 maiden win in his 123rd event. The Spaniard arrived at Golf Resort Bad Griesbach off the back of four consecutive top 20 finishes, and was the form player heading into the final having completed all five previous matches without reaching the 18th hole. He made nine pars on the front nine as Siem birdied the first, fourth and eighth holes but won six of the eight holes after the turn - including the final four - making five more birdies in the process while staying bogey free. Siem was fired up from the off and hit an approach to eight feet on the first, pointing at the hole as he made the putt to go one up. He went on to birdie the fourth and eighth holes, but Otaegui turned the tables, winning six of the eight holes after the turn - including the final four. He made five more birdies in the process while staying bogey free. The win is the sixth of the season by a Spanish player while for Siem, his best result of the campaign is a big step in the right direction for a player who teed it up at the Beckenbauer Course on Thursday 125th in the Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex. Swede Johan Carlsson beat Alejandro Cañizares of Spain 3 and 2 - with the help of three eagles - in the earlier match to decide third and fourth place. Carlsson eagled the third, with a par enough to take him two up on the fourth, before Cañizare won the sixth and seventh with pars and birdied the ninth to lead at the turn. But Carlsson came roaring back, eagling the par five 12th, birdieing the 14th and 15th and then eagling the par four 16th for the second time on Sunday after achieving the feat in his semi-final against Siem.