Otaegui Wins Belgian Knockout With 2-Shot Win Over Hebert

Adrian Otaegui

Adrian Otaegui Beats Benjamin Hebert In The Final And Wins The Belgian Knockout. As The Host Of The Tournament, Thomas Pieters Hands Over The Trophy. (Facebook/Belgian Knockout)

ANTWERP, Belgium (AP) — Adrian Otaegui has beaten Benjamin Hebert by two shots in the final of the Belgian Knockout to win his second European Tour title.

The hybrid format opened with two rounds of stroke play, before the leading 64 players competed in nine-hole knockout stroke play matches.

Otaegui and Hebert both finished three shots off the lead at 5 under after the first two days and worked their way through five matches on the weekend to set up the final at the Rinkven International Golf Club.

“I’m very happy, very relaxed now after the last nine holes against Ben that were very tight,” Otaegui said. “I’m just very proud about my week.

“I just tried to play against myself. Obviously your opponent is just next to you but I just tried to focus on my game.”

Scotland’s David Drysdale beat James Heath of England by one shot in the playoff for third spot.

Herbet said he was “just a little short this week.”

“Adrian is a very good player, especially in this kind of format,” he said. “He’s already won one tournament in match play last year. This format is fun, it puts you under pressure almost every hole because everything can happen. I think it’s a great idea.”