Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open R1

Molinari amongst leading quartet in Scotland

July 11-14
The Renaissance Club, North Berwick, Scotland
$7,000,000
Live leaderboard
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4

Edoardo Molinari continued his love affair with Scotland as a brilliant round of 63 left him in a four-way tie for the lead after round one of the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open.

ASI Scottish Open R1 - Molinari amongst leading quartet
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“I’ve been playing really consistent golf in the last two months probably, but I’m starting to putt much better. Last week was quite good and today again was definitely another improvement. So, I’m very happy with my game at the moment, and just go day by day and see what happens.

“I think it’s just consistency in my practice and what I’m doing on and off the golf course. I’m in a good place at the minute. It seems like every week I’m playing better. I’m building something every week, and when you play golf like this, it’s quite easy, but then everything can change in a very short amount of time.

“You just have to be careful and keep doing the same things, and hopefully the results continue to improve.”


Fresh off a top ten finish at last week’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, the Italian recorded his lowest Rolex Series round to date at The Renaissance Club to sit at eight under par alongside countryman Nino Bertasio, Romain Wattel of France and American Matt Kuchar.

“It’s been a great year,” said Kuchar. “I’ve really enjoyed it. Golf is fun when you’re playing well. It’s even fun when you’re not playing well. I’ve had a couple of those and it just kind of drives me to fix things and get better. But right now, when it’s going well, I’m really enjoying it.

“I still feel like I’m a 26-year-old kid. I know there are some mornings where I really know I’m not 26, but I feel like that. I feel like there’s still that excitement for the game, that love for the game.

“When I come to a place like this, I come to the Scottish Open and I can’t wait to play here and I can’t wait for next week. There’s still a love and a passion and excitement for it.”

Molinari won this event and the Johnnie Walker Championship in 2010 as he earned a Captain’s Pick for the Ryder Cup team and he could be playing alongside brother Francesco again at next week’s Open Championship.

The top three players in the top ten this week not already exempt will head to Royal Portrush Golf Club, and Molinari will be looking to take his chance after only narrowly missing out in County Clare last week.

South Africans Thomas Aiken and Erik van Rooyen, Welshman Jamie Donaldson, Belgian Thomas Pieters, Finn Kalle Samooja and English pair Lee Slattery and Andy Sullivan – who finished in second place in Ireland last week – are one shot off the lead, with Samooja making the 17th hole-in-one of the European Tour season on the 15 th hole before Trevor Immelman took the tally to 18 on the same hole later in the day.

“Obviously full of confidence off the back of second last week, so feels good to get back out there, and to start in the manner I finished off last week. Hopefully long may it continue,” said Sullivan.

“You want to peak for these sort of tournaments and get in contention. It’s part and parcel of it. First time I’ve been in contention in a long time last week. For me, it’s just focussing on going out there and having fun. I know if I do that, I’m going to give myself the best chance of being in and around it.”

Leading Scot Richie Ramsay is one shot further back at six under par alongside the 2016 Open Champion Henrik Stenson, English trio Ian Poulter, Chris Paisley and Oliver Wilson and Frenchman Romain Langasque. Meanwhile rising Scottish star Robert MacIntyre shot a three under par round of 68 playing in his national open for the first time, in the company of four-time Major winner Rory McIlroy and the 2015 tournament winner Rickie Fowler.


“It was brilliant,” said MacIntyre. “I’ve not yet thought about what I could have done better, what I’ve learned yet, but I’ll do that later on tonight. To get in at three under par, playing with these two guys, I’d say it’s pretty good.

“Even this morning, all I’m thinking about is that first tee, meeting the two guys. Luckily, I met Rickie on Monday. But meeting Rory; these are guys I’ve watched over the years.

“So, to get put into that bracket for the day was absolutely brilliant. I’m sure I’ll learn a lot. Two chilled-out guys, chatting all the way around. It’s a day that I’ll never forget.”


Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
T1
Romain Wattel
FRA
-8
63
T1
Matt Kuchar
USA
-8
63
T1
Nino Bertasio
ITA
-8
63
T1
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
-8
63
T5
Andy Sullivan
ENG
-7
64
T5
Jamie Donaldson
WAL
-7
64
T5
Kalle Samooja
FIN
-7
64
T5
Thomas Aiken
RSA
-7
64
T5
Lee Slattery
ENG
-7
64
T5
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
-7
64
T5
Thomas Pieters
BEL
-7
64
T12
Oliver Wilson
ENG
-6
65
T12
Henrik Stenson
SWE
-6
65
T12
Romain Langasque
FRA
-6
65
T12
Chris Paisley
ENG
-6
65
T12
Ian Poulter
ENG
-6
65
T12
Richie Ramsay
SCO
-6
65
T18
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
-5
66
T18
Guido Migliozzi
ITA
-5
66
T18
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
-5
66
T18
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
-5
66
T18
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
-5
66
T18
Sean Crocker
USA
-5
66
T18
Darren Fichardt
RSA
-5
66
T18
Trevor Immelman
RSA
-5
66
T18
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
-5
66
T18
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
-5
66
T18
Jeff Winther
SWE
-5
66
T29
Stuart Manley
WAL
-4
67
T29
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
-4
67
T29
Joost Luiten
NED
-4
67
T29
Grant Forrest
SCO
-4
67
T29
Renato Paratore
ITA
-4
67
T29
Padraig Harrington
IRL
-4
67
T29
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
-4
67
T29
Justin Thomas
USA
-4
67
T29
Sebastian Soederberg
SWE
-4
67
T29
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
-4
67
T29
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
-4
67
T29
Ashley Chesters
ENG
-4
67
T29
Masahiro Kawamura
JPN
-4
67
T29
Oliver Fisher
ENG
-4
67
T29
Gavin Green
MAS
-4
67
T29
Victor Dubuisson
FRA
-4
67
T29
David Lipsky
USA
-4
67
T29
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
-4
67
T29
Bernd Wiesberger
AUT
-4
67
T29
Lucas Herbert
AUS
-4
67
T29
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
-4
67
T29
David Horsey
ENG
-4
67
T29
Rory McIlroy
NIR
-4
67
T29
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
-4
67
T29
Tom Lewis
ENG
-4
67
T54
Nacho Elvira
ESP
-3
68
T54
Julian Suri
USA
-3
68
T54
Branden Grace
RSA
-3
68
T54
Matthias Schwab
AUT
-3
68
T54
Brandon Stone
RSA
-3
68
T54
James Morrison
ENG
-3
68
T54
Calum Hill
SCO
-3
68
T54
Victor Perez
FRA
-3
68
T54
Andrea Pavan
ITA
-3
68
T54
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
-3
68
T54
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
-3
68
T54
Richard Sterne
RSA
-3
68
T54
Anton Karlsson
SWE
-3
68
T54
Max Schmitt
GER
-3
68
T54
David Drysdale
SCO
-3
68
T54
Martin Kaymer
GER
-3
68
T54
Matt Wallace
ENG
-3
68
T54
Robert MacIntyre
SCO
-3
68
T54
Kurt Kitayama
USA
-3
68
T54
George Coetzee
RSA
-3
68
T54
Haydn Porteous
RSA
-3
68
T75
Paul Waring
ENG
-2
69
T75
Thongchai Jaidee
THA
-2
69
T75
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
-2
69
T75
Pelle Edberg
SWE
-2
69
T75
Si-Woo Kim
KOR
-2
69
T75
Jack Singh-Brar
ENG
-2
69
T75
Sang-Hyun Park
KOR
-2
69
T75
Andrew Putnam
USA
-2
69
T75
Dean Burmester
RSA
-2
69
T75
Jason Scrivener
AUS
-2
69
T75
Marc Warren
SCO
-2
69
T75
Andrew Johnston
ENG
-2
69
T75
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
-2
69
T75
Thomas Detry
BEL
-2
69
T75
Jorge Campillo
ESP
-2
69
T75
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
-2
69
T75
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
-2
69
T75
Zander Lombard
RSA
-2
69
T93
Matthew Southgate
ENG
-1
70
T93
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
-1
70
T93
Ryan Fox
NZL
-1
70
T93
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
-1
70
T93
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
-1
70
T93
Tyrrell Hatton
ENG
-1
70
T93
Kevin Kisner
USA
-1
70
T93
Lee Westwood
ENG
-1
70
T93
Justin Harding
RSA
-1
70
T93
Scott Jamieson
SCO
-1
70
T93
Paul Dunne
IRL
-1
70
T93
Christopher Doak
SCO
-1
70
T93
Louis De Jager
RSA
-1
70
T93
Shiv Chawrasia
IND
-1
70
T93
Ashun Wu
CHI
-1
70
T93
Pedro Figueiredo
POR
-1
70
T93
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
-1
70
T93
Jake McLeod
AUS
-1
70
T93
Russell Knox
SCO
-1
70
T93
Jens Dantorp
SWE
-1
70
T93
Jordan Smith
ENG
-1
70
T93
Liam Johnston
SCO
-1
70
T93
Robert Karlsson
SWE
-1
70
T93
Ross Fisher
ENG
-1
70
T93
Justin Walters
RSA
-1
70
T93
Niklas Lemke
SWE
-1
70
T119
Scott Henry
SCO
Par
71
T119
Cheng Tsung Pan
TPE
Par
71
T119
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
Par
71
T119
Alexander Levy
FRA
Par
71
T119
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
THA
Par
71
T119
Robert Rock
ENG
Par
71
T119
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
Par
71
T119
Chris Wood
ENG
Par
71
T119
Sam Brazel
AUS
Par
71
T119
Wade Ormsby
AUS
Par
71
T119
David Howell
ENG
Par
71
T119
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
Par
71
T119
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
Par
71
T119
Rickie Fowler
USA
Par
71
T119
Joachim B. Hansen
DEN
Par
71
T119
Kristoffer Reitan
NOR
Par
71
T119
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
Par
71
T119
Ben Evans
ENG
Par
71
T137
Aaron Rai
ENG
1
72
T137
Kris Nicol
SCO
1
72
T139
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
2
73
T139
Haotong Li
CHN
2
73
T139
Paul Lawrie
SCO
2
73
T139
Graeme McDowell
NIR
2
73
T139
Bradley Dredge
WAL
2
73
T139
Jimmy Walker
USA
2
73
T139
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
2
73
T139
Hyo-Won Park
KOR
2
73
T139
Clement Sordet
FRA
2
73
T139
Steven Brown
ENG
2
73
T149
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
3
74
T149
Richard McEvoy
ENG
3
74
T149
Scott Hend
AUS
3
74
T152
Sam Horsfield
ENG
4
75
T152
Jaco Van Zyl
RSA
4
75
T154
Gaganjeet Bhullar
IND
6
77
T154
David Law
SCO
6
77
T154
Kim Koivu
FIN
6
77