Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open R1

Vintage Westwood leads in Scotland

October 01-04
The Renaissance Club, North Berwick, Scotland
$7,000,000
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4


Scottish Open 2020 R1 - Vintage Westwood leads in Scotland
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Lee Westwood fired two eagles on his way to carding a superb nine under par 62 to take a one shot lead after the opening round of the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open – 22 years after he won the title at Loch Lomond.


“I didn’t put myself under too much pressure all day. I played solidly. We got the good end of the draw, there’s no doubt about that, in the afternoon lot.

“But you’ve got to make the most of it when it does happen to you. That’s links golf, and you know you’re going to be on the wrong side of it often enough, so when you’re on the right side of it, you’ve got to try to make the most of it.



The Englishman made the most of the favourable afternoon conditions at The Renaissance Club, equaling the course record, as he now goes in search of a third Rolex Series title.

“I played solidly. Drove the ball well. Iron shots were good. In a good groove since the U.S. Open. I took that discipline from there to here today. Aimed away from flags when I needed to. Left myself a lot of nice looks uphill for birdie today.


“Distance control was good, which you know, could have been one of the few things to trip people up today. It wasn’t quite going as far as normal. The greens are nice and you feel like if you put a good roll on it, it holds its line. So, yeah, obviously very pleased with the round.”

The 47-year-old claimed his first European Tour win in four years with victory in the 2018 Nedbank Golf Challenge hosted by Gary Player, before earlier this year holding off the chasing pack of Matt Fitzpatrick, Tommy Fleetwood and Victor Perez to claim the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA title.

Sweden’s Alexander Björk and Dutchman Joost Luiten are one shot off the pace at eight under par with local favourite Scott Jamieson at seven under.



“It was kind of a bit of a weird round,” said Björk. ” I started like a flyer with five birdies in a row the first six holes, and then I missed a couple of short putts, got out — got kind of out of it a bit. Then all of a sudden, I made two really long ones and then I was back in. But overall it was a very solid round.”

Scotsman Craig Lee, who has not played a European Tour event since the 2017 Andalucía Valderrama Masters, is currently tied sixth alongside Englishman Robert Rock and Finland’s Kalle Samooja.

Meanwhile Scottish Major winner Paul Lawrie confirmed he will call time on his European Tour career after completing his 620th appearance on Scotland’s Golf Coast.



“There are a lot of factors behind the decision, the main one being that I don’t feel I can be competitive week in, week out at this level. My back is not very good, I’ve got a herniated disc and I struggle to practice enough. I’m not able to hit the amount of balls I need. I’m not particularly talented so I lose my game quite quickly.

“To have played 620 events is not a bad innings considering I turned pro (in 1986) with a five handicap and didn’t think I’d play any. I haven’t been a great player, but I’ve been decent and that’s all you can ask for.”




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
1
WESTWOOD, Lee
-9
62
2
BJÖRK, Alexander
-8
63
LUITEN, Joost
-8
63
4
JAMIESON, Scott
-7
64
5
ROCK, Robert
-6
65
SAMOOJA, Kalle
-6
65
LEE, Craig
-6
65
8
ORMSBY, Wade
-5
66
KINHULT, Marcus
-5
66
HERBERT, Lucas
-5
66
8
LEE, Min Woo
-5
66
12
POULTER, Ian
-4
67
SULLIVAN, Andy
-4
67
14
LORENZO-VERA, Mike
-3
68
PEPPERELL, Eddie
-3
68
VÄLIMÄKI, Sami
-3
68
SOUTHGATE, Matthew
-3
68
HØJGAARD, Rasmus
-3
68
PAVON, Matthieu
-3
68
KORHONEN, Mikko
-3
68
COLSAERTS, Nicolas
-3
68
LAGERGREN, Joakim
-3
68
LI, Haotong
-3
68
24
MCDOWELL, Graeme
-2
69
SHINKWIN, Callum
-2
69
24
KAWAMURA, Masahiro
-2
69
FLEETWOOD, Tommy
-2
69
STONE, Brandon
-2
69
WOOD, Chris
-2
69
FERGUSON, Ewen
-2
69
BEZUIDENHOUT, Christiaan
-2
69
ANTCLIFF, Maverick
-2
69
ZANOTTI, Fabrizio
-2
69
FITZPATRICK, Matthew
-2
69
LAW, David
-2
69
PEREZ, Victor
-2
69
FOX, Ryan
-2
69
HANSON, Peter
-2
69
39
MCEVOY, Richard
-1
70
WU, Ashun
-1
70
WIESBERGER, Bernd
-1
70
HORSEY, David
-1
70
SYME, Connor
-1
70
BJERREGAARD, Lucas
-1
70
HEBERT, Benjamin
-1
70
PULKKANEN, Tapio
-1
70
WALLACE, Matt
-1
70
WARREN, Marc
-1
70
GREEN, Gavin
-1
70
RAI, Aaron
-1
70
39
SHARMA, Shubhankar
-1
70
SURI, Julian
-1
70
JANEWATTANANOND, Jazz
-1
70
SMITH, Jordan
-1
70
55
HEND, Scott
PAR
71
FORREST, Grant
PAR
71
LAPORTA, Francesco
PAR
71
CAMPILLO, Jorge
PAR
71
QUIROS, Alvaro
PAR
71
OTAEGUI, Adrian
PAR
71
BURMESTER, Dean
PAR
71
NORRIS, Shaun
PAR
71
PIETERS, Thomas
PAR
71
HARRINGTON, Padraig
PAR
71
HEISELE, Sebastian
PAR
71
COETZEE, George
PAR
71
JOHNSTON, Andrew
PAR
71
VAN ROOYEN, Erik
PAR
71
HILL, Calum
PAR
71
WINTHER, Jeff
PAR
71
DETRY, Thomas
PAR
71
72
HIGGO, Garrick
1
72
MORRISON, James
1
72
STALTER, Joël
1
72
KAYMER, Martin
1
72
KJELDSEN, Søren
1
72
HOWELL, David
1
72
CATLIN, John
1
72
MIGLIOZZI, Guido
1
72
BROWN, Steven
1
72
LARRAZÁBAL, Pablo
1
72
FISHER, Oliver
1
72
AIKEN, Thomas
1
72
ELVIRA, Nacho
1
72
PAISLEY, Chris
1
72
86
CAMPBELL, Michael
2
73
GUERRIER, Julien
2
73
CHESTERS, Ashley
2
73
BROBERG, Kristoffer
2
73
DUBUISSON, Victor
2
73
HARDING, Justin
2
73
LAWRIE, Paul
2
73
FISHER, Ross
2
73
WANG, Jeunghun
2
73
KIEFFER, Maximilian
2
73
HANSEN, Joachim B.
2
73
PORTEOUS, Haydn
2
73
CROCKER, Sean
2
73
99
WARING, Paul
3
74
PARATORE, Renato
3
74
99
MACINTYRE, Robert
3
74
BLAND, Richard
3
74
JACQUELIN, Raphaël
3
74
STORM, Graeme
3
74
WILLETT, Danny
3
74
MOLINARI, Edoardo
3
74
107
WALTERS, Justin
4
75
GALLACHER, Stephen
4
75
BERTASIO, Nino
4
75
SCRIVENER, Jason
4
75
O’HARA, Paul
4
75
ARNAUS, Adri
4
75
113
DRYSDALE, David
5
76
HORSFIELD, Sam
5
76
CANTER, Laurie
5
76
OLESEN, Thorbjørn
5
76
117
BHULLAR, Gaganjeet
6
77
BJØRN, Thomas
6
77
WILSON, Oliver
6
77
GAGLI, Lorenzo
6
77
121
JIMÉNEZ, Miguel Ángel
7
78
122
LANGASQUE, Romain
8
79
123
RAMSAY, Richie
9
80
LEVY, Alexander
9
80
FENWICK, Neil
9
80
126
PAVAN, Andrea
10
81