Lawrie impresses as delays hit Gleneagles

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Updated: August 26, 2011

Round one of the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles today was delayed by two hours and 40 minutes due to fog at the Course, so the first 18 holes will conclude on Friday morning.

Irishman Peter Lawrie and Englishman Mark Foster set the early pace as play finally got underway.

Mark Foster holds the clubhouse lead on the opening day after shooting a six under par 66.

The 36 year-old will be looking to keep his momentum going tomorrow as he bids to end an eight year title drought this weekend.

Foster is one shot clear of Spain’s Ignacio Garrido and Argentina’s Tano Goya, who were tied in second place at five under par, although several players are still to finish the delayed opening round.

37-year-old Dubliner Lawrie lies in third place at 4-under-par.

Among the later starters were veterans Colin Montgomerie and Jose Maria Olazabal.

Home favourite Montgomerie got off to a lightning start, chalking up three shots on his opening two holes.

Two bogeys then halted his progress, and after a fairly mixed afternoon, the Scot reached one-under with two holes to play.

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