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Tour graduate Adrian Otaegui receives backing of Olazabal
December 20, 2011

At just 19 years and 1 month, Adrian Otaegui has earned his full playing privileges on the European Tour for 2012, becoming the second youngest player on Tour and the youngest Spaniard since the late Seve Ballesteros.

Adrian Otaegui has won his European Tour card for the 2012 season. The 19 year old Spaniard came through the gruelling European Tour Q-School at the first attempt and will become the second youngest 2012 card holder behind his Junior Ryder Cup partner and good friend Matteo Manassero.

Adrian OtaeguiOtaegui, 2010 British Boys Champion, is the youngest Spaniard to hold a European Tour card since golfing legend Seve Ballesteros and ahead of Jose Maria Olazabal and Sergio Garcia, and is represented by Jamie Cunningham and leading sports marketing agency Professional Sports Group.

"I know Adrian well and have trained with him on a quite few occasions. He is already a very good golfer, if still young and learning," noted Olazabal (speaking in Golf Européen's December 2011 issue). "He is strong with his irons and has a fantastic short game. He is a really promising player, but still has to work hard, particularly to hit with more power off the tee, which in the modern game is vital."

Fluent in Spanish, French and English, Otaegui is originally from the Basque region of Spain but recently moved with his family to France. His father Javier will continue to caddie for the youngster as he begins life on tour, with South Africa the likely destination for the teenager's 2012 debut. "I am looking forward to playing the European Tour in 2012. I have learnt a lot on the Challenge Tour this year since I turned professional. Tour School was great, but now the hard work begins in a couple of weeks," he said.

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