Thursday, July 07, 2016

A wild and windy start to the AAM Scottish Open

 Well, blow me! Only two sub-70 first

 rounds  at Castle Stuart

Castle Stuart Golf Links provided one of the ultimate tests of golf as just two sub-70 rounds were recorded on a wild and windy first day of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.
The last time the event was played here in 2013, 67 players broke 70 in round one, but that feat was only achieved by Felipe Aguilar and Scott Hend today as very strong winds made conditions more difficult for the afternoon starters.
The duo both shot three under par rounds of 69 to share the first round lead but there was an intimidating and tight chasing pack behind them.
Two-time Open Championship winner Padraig Harrington, former US Open champion Graeme McDowell, former US PGA Championship winner YE Yang and three-time 2015 winner Andy Sullivan were all in the group just a shot off the lead.

Branden Grace, Luke Donald and Rafa Cabrera Bello were then among those two back with just 20 players under par.
Aguilar missed six cuts in a row after the turn of the year as he admitted he struggled to recover from taking part in an Iron Man triathlon but a second-placed finish at the Volvo China Open represented an upturn in form.
Hend, meanwhile, claimed a win at the True Thailand Classic Presented by Chang in March and has three other top tens this season.
The Australian started on the tenth and turned in 35 with three birdies and two bogeys but he holed his pitch to the par five second for an eagle and then parred his way home.

Hend discovered last week that he has a place in next week's Open Championship and while he admitted conditions were difficult, he was relishing the challenge provided by links golf.
"Obviously conditions were quite tough and it was a little bit scrappy with some putts not quite getting to the hole but overall I'm very happy," he said.
"It's awesome fun. It's awesome. Doesn't matter how hard it is. When you play links golf, it's just awesome. It's great.

I love it. I love it. It beats your head in, kicks you around, and sometimes you get it back. It's just great. Great fun. It's exciting - Scott Hend

Aguilar birdied the second, fourth and eighth before dropping a shot on the ninth and picked up further shots on the 12th and 16th. He left himself a long way from the hole on the last, though, and needed three putts to sign for a closing bogey.
"It was very difficult golf today," he said. "Really windy after the second hole.
"You have to be really patient out here, but this is just the first day. The course is playing really difficult. You have some downwind holes that you can actually reach the green in one but if you miss it on the wrong side, it's not very easy to make an up and down from there.
"We didn't make too many mistakes except for two bogeys on nine and 18 but you're going to make some bogeys out here. You have to make sure you make some birdies, also."

Yang and Tyrrell Hatton had both been at four under at one point but the South Korean finished bogey-bogey while Hatton dropped shots on the 14th and 17th to drop into the large group at two under.

Hatton's fellow Englishmen Richard Bland, Eddie Pepperell and Sullivan were also at that mark alongside Northern Irishman McDowell, Swede Alex Noren and Harrington

Grace, Cabrera-Bello, Donald, Bradley Dredge, Mikko Ilonen, Craig Lee, Alexander Levy, Richard Sterne, Matteo Manassero and Danny Lee were then at one under.

par 72

T1 Scott Hend 69 .

T1 Felipe Aguilar 69

T3 Richard Bland 70

T3 Y.E. Yang 70

T3 Tyrrell Hatton 70

T3 Andy Sullivan 70

T3 Alex Noren 70

T3 Eddie Pepperell 70

T3 Graeme McDowell 70

T3 Padraig Harrington 70

T11 Alexander Levy 71

T11 Bradley Dredge 71

T11 Richard Sterne 71

T11 Rafa Cabrera Bello 71

T11 Craig Lee 71

T11 Luke Donald 71

T11 Mikko Ilonen 71

T11 Matteo Manassero 71

T11 Danny Lee 71

T11 Branden Grace 71

T21 Edoardo Molinari 72

T21 Jeev Milkha Singh 72

T21 David Drysdale 72

T21 Renato Paratore 72

T21 Richie Ramsay 72

T21 Andrew Dodt 72

T21 David Howell 72

T21 Jorge Campillo 72

T21 Magnus A. Carlsson 72

T21 Nacho Elvira 72

T21 Jack Doherty 72

T21 Ricardo Gouveia 72

T21 Robert Rock 72

T21 Joakim Lagergren 72

T21 Nino Bertasio 72

T21 Roope Kakko 72

T21 Martin Kaymer 72

T21 Russell Knox 72

T21 Ashun Wu 72

T21 Niclas Fasth 72

T21 Justin Walters 72

T42 Joachim B. Hansen 73

T42 Matthew Fitzpatrick 73

T42 Marc Warren 73

T42 Chris Paisley 73

T42 Julien Quesne 73

T42 Romain Wattel 73

T42 Thomas Bjorn 73

T42 Simon Khan 73

T42 Thomas Pieters 73

T42 Pablo Larrazabal 73

T42 Raphael Jacquelin 73

T42 Gregory Havret 73

T42 Matthew Southgate 73

T42 Ryan Evans 73

T56 Lee Slattery 74

T56 Matt Ford 74

T56 Prom Meesawat 74

T56 Steve Stricker 74

T56 Nicolas Colsaerts 74

T56 Tommy Fleetwood 74

T56 Steve Webster 74

T56 Gregory Bourdy 74

T56 Soren Kjeldsen 74

T56 Soomin Lee 74

T56 Gareth Wright 74

T56 Daniel Im 74

T56 Callum Shinkwin 74

T56 Alejandro Canizares 74

T56 David Lipsky 74

T56 Mikko Korhonen 74

T56 Haydn Porteous 74

T56 Mike Lorenzo-Vera 74

T56 Michael Hoey 74

T56 Jamie McLeary 74

T76 Ben Evans 75

T76 Sebastien Gros 75

T76 Oliver Wilson 75

T76 Stuart Manley 75

T76 Adrian Otaegui 75

T76 Johan Carlsson 75

T76 Anthony Wall 75

T76 Benjamin Hebert 75

T76 Oliver Fisher 75

T76 Maximilian Kieffer 75

T76 Graeme Storm 75

T76 Chris Hanson 75

T76 Patrick Reed 75

T89 Richard McEvoy 76

T89 Kiradech Aphibarnrat 76

T89 Ross Fisher 76

T89 Lasse Jensen 76

T89 Peter Whiteford 76

T89 Thomas Linard 76

T89 Lucas Bjerregaard 76

T89 Morten Orum Madsen 76

T89 Scott Jamieson 76

T89 James Morrison 76

T89 Joost Luiten 76

T89 Phil Mickelson 76

T89 Henrik Stenson 76

T89 Andrew Johnston 76

T103  Hao Tong Li 77

T103 Bjorn Akesson 77

T103 Jimmy Gunn 77

T103 Gary Boyd 77

T103 David Horsey 77

T103 Johan Edfors 77

T103 Fabrizio Zanotti 77

T103 Thongchai Jaidee 77

T103 Shane Lowry 77

T103 Paul McGinley 77

T113 S.S.P. Chawrasia 78

T113 Jeung-hun Wang 78

T113 John Parry 78

T113 Paul Dunne 78

T113 Jens Fahrbring 78

T113 Nathan Holman 78

T113 Rhys Davies 78

T113 Shiv Kapur 78

T113 Miguel Angel Jimenez 78

T113 Thorbjorn Olesen 78

T113 Colin Montgomerie 78

T113 Richard Green 78

T113 Daniel Brooks 78

T113 Sandy Lyle 78

T113 Albert Venter 78

T128 George Coetzee 79

T128 David Dixon 79

T128 Peter Hanson 79

T128 Kris Nicol 79

T128 Robert Dinwiddie 79

T128 Ross McGowan 79

T128 Clement Berardo 79

T135 Matthew Baldwin 80

T135 J.B. Holmes 80

T135 Darren Fichardt 80

T135 Jason Scrivener 80

T135 Andrew McArthur 80

T135 Jamie Donaldson 80

T135 Simon Dyson 80

T135 Pelle Edberg 80

T135 Borja Virto 80

T135 Marcel Siem 80

T135 Trevor Fisher Jr. 80

T146 Gary Stal 81

T146 Paul Lawrie 81

T146 Eduardo De La Riva 81

T146 Jeff Winther 81

T150 David Lingmerth 82

T150 Jamie Lovemark 82

T152 Alastair Forsyth 83

T152 Brett Rumford 83

154 Robert Karlsson 84

155 Jin Jeong 88



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