Thursday, July 08, 2010

 Graeme Storm weathers windy conditions at Loch Lomond

IT WAS Graeme Storm rather than Graeme McDowell who shone as the Barclays Scottish Open began in windy conditions at Loch Lomond today.
McDowell was making his first appearance since capturing the US Open title three weeks ago and was one under after 10 holes, but he then bogeyed at three of the next five.
Storm, who started with a 65 last year, scored one worse than that, but it was good enough to join Italian Edoardo Molinari as the early leader.
They were one ahead of Scot Stephen Gallacher in the £3million event, while Storm's fellow Englishman David Horsey, winner of the BMW International Open two weeks ago, was in the group two behind following a 68.
McDowell had said on the eve of the event that he will never get sick of being introduced as the US Open champion, but it did not happen this morning.
The official starter opted merely for: "On the tee, from Northern Ireland, Graeme McDowell."
The 30-year-old did, however, walk off the tee arm-in-arm with one of his playing partners.
Miguel Angel Jimenez won the French Open on Sunday, so they had plenty to celebrate and chat about between them.
McDowell had warned people not to expect great things from him this week and the dropped shots on the second, fifth and sixth after he had turned in 35 suggested some mental tiredness.
Molinari is the older brother of Francesco, who lost a play-off to Jimenez in Paris at the weekend, and they are both battling for a Ryder Cup debut at Celtic Manor in October.
Francesco stands eighth, whileCollated first round scores from the European Tour's Barclays Scottish Open at Loch Lomond in Scotland.

Par 71
65 Darren Clarke
66 Damien McGrane, Edoardo Molinari (Ita), Graeme Storm
67 Ryo Ishikawa (Jpn), John Daly (USA), Stephen Gallacher, Peter Hedblom (Swe), Johan Edfors (Swe), Bradley Dredge, Thongchai Jaidee (Tha)
68 Anthony Wall, Francesco Molinari (Ita), Jeev Milkha Singh (Ind), Mikael Lundberg (Swe), John Parry, Shane Lowry, David Horsey, Fredrik Andersson Hed (Swe)
69 Richie Ramsay, Anders Hansen (Den), Rhys Davies, Heath Slocum (USA), Pablo Larrazabal (Spa), Sam Hutsby, Alexander Noren (Swe), Ernie Els (Rsa), Richard Green (Aus), Ignacio Garrido (Spa)
70 Craig Lee, Robert Jan Derksen (Ned), Christian Nilsson (Swe), Rory Sabbatini (Rsa), Chris Wood, James Kingston (Rsa), Charl Schwartzel (Rsa), Retief Goosen (Rsa), Danny Willett, Rafael Echenique (Arg), Mark Brown (Nzl), Peter Lawrie, Alejandro Canizares (Spa), Gregory Havret (Fra)
71 Soren Kjeldsen (Den), Ross Fisher, Joost Luiten (Ned), Martin Kaymer (Ger), Simon Dyson, Kenneth Ferrie, Dale Whitnell, Niclas Fasth (Swe), Michael Jonzon (Swe), Martin Laird, Christian Cevaer (Fra), Jeppe Huldahl (Den), Shiv Kapur (Ind), Graeme McDowell, David Howell, Gareth Maybin, Richard McEvoy, Scott Drummond, Tom Lehman (USA), Louis Oosthuizen (Rsa), David Lynn, George Coetzee (Rsa), Raphael Jacquelin (Fra), Phil Mickelson (USA), Brett Rumford (Aus), David Drysdale, Trevor Immelman (Rsa), David Dixon, Gregory Bourdy (Fra), Camilo Villegas (Col), James Kamte (Rsa)
72 Seung-yul Noh (Kor), Mikko Ilonen (Fin), Oliver Wilson, Steven O'Hara, Jamie Elson, Felipe Aguilar (Chi), Jose-Filipe Lima (Por), Vijay Singh (Fij), Robert Rock, Alastair Forsyth, Gonzalo Fdez-Castano (Spa), Y.E. Yang (Kor), Richard Bland, Steve Webster, Marcel Siem (Ger), Julien Quesne (Fra), Alvaro Quiros (Spa), Simon Khan, James Morrison, Robert Allenby (Aus), Miguel Angel Jimenez (Spa), Ariel Canete (Arg), Tano Goya (Arg), Jyoti Randhawa (Ind)
73 Andrew Butterfield, Thomas Aiken (Rsa), Soren Hansen (Den), Stephen Dodd, Marc Warren, Markus Brier (Aut), Pablo Martin (Spa), Marcus Fraser (Aus), Lucas Glover (USA), Nick Dougherty, Shiv Shankar Prasad Chowrasia (Ind), Paul Broadhurst, Ricardo Gonzalez (Arg), Rick Kulacz (Aus), Fabrizio Zanotti (Par), Mark Foster, Thomas Levet (Fra), Peter O'Malley (Aus)
74 Clodomiro Carranza (Arg), Danny Lee (Nzl), Gary Boyd, Steve Marino (USA), Sam Little, Michael Hoey, Hennie Otto (Rsa), Colin Montgomerie, Scott Strange (Aus), Nicolas Colsaerts (Bel), Maarten Lafeber (Ned), Andrew Dodt (Aus), Fred Funk (USA), J.B. Holmes (USA), Paul Lawrie, Jamie Donaldson, Jean-Francois Lucquin (Fra), Paul McGinley
75 Neil Cheetham, Robert Coles, Phillip Price, Andrew Coltart, Ross McGowan
76 Francois Delamontagne (Fra), Byeong-Hun An (Kor), Thomas Bjorn (Den), Paul Waring, Michael Watson (USA), Jose Manuel Lara (Spa)
77 Daniel Vancsik (Arg), Anthony Kang (USA), Martin Erlandsson (Swe)
78 Rafael Cabrera Bello (Spa)
79 David Law, Marco Ruiz (Par), Peter Whiteford, Richard Finch
80 Michael Campbell (Nzl)
81 Gary Lockerbie, Jin Jeong (Kor)



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