Keeping Score

Scot seeks to serve up his 1st winner on European Tour

Liam Johnston, who waited tables and bartended to fund his golf dream, shoots a bogey-free 61 to lead the Portugal Masters

10: Number of birdies that Scotland’s Liam Johnston made in a bogey-free 61 on Thursday to lead the first round of the European Tour’s Portugal Masters at Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course in Vilamoura, Portugal. France’s Julien Guerrier held second place at 62, followed by England’s Laurie Canter (64) and Northern Ireland’s Jonathan Caldwell (65). All are seeking their first victories on the European Tour. Johnston, 27, started the week at No. 219 in the tour’s Race to Dubai standings after having made only two cuts in five starts this season, and is No. 636 in the Official World Golf Ranking. “My game feels like it’s really trending in the right direction,” he said. “More importantly, I’m at a really good place mentally.” He turned professional in 2017 after waiting tables and bartending for a few years to fund his golf aspirations, then earned a promotion to the European Tour in late 2018 via the Challenge Tour (scores).

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