Englishman shoots 9-under 62, sparked by eagles on both front-side par 5s, to grab 1-stroke lead in European Tour event
62: First-round score for England’s Lee Westwood, who set the pace at the European Tour's Scottish Open on Thursday in North Berwick, Scotland. Westwood played bogey-free golf, highlighted by eagles on both front-side par 5s at The Renaissance Club, to shoot 9 under and lead by one stroke. It was his best opening round since 2007, but it came unexpectedly, he conceded, in the cold, damp and windy conditions. “I opened the curtains this morning and thought, Ooh, that looks rough,” said Westwood, who benefitted from calmer, warmer weather in the afternoon draw. Westwood, 47, who ranks eighth on the European Tour’s all-time victory list, with 25, has posted three consecutive top-20 results, including a T-13 in the recent U.S. Open at Winged Foot. “You have to break it down and play the course on its merits,” he said. “That’s how I’ve been playing for a few weeks, starting on the tee, trying to hit in the right place on the fairway. Playing the U.S. Open taught me a lot. My game has been disciplined the last few weeks.” Sweden’s Alexander Bjork and the Netherlands’ Joost Luiten shared second at 8-under 63. Home favorite Scott Jamieson of Scotland stood fourth at 64. The $7 million Scottish Open is easily the most lucrative tournament on the European Tour since play resumed in July after the coronavirus outbreak. The Scottish Open is the second of four Rolex Series events on the revised schedule. Westwood won the first tournament on the Rolex Series, in January at Abu Dhabi (scores).
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