World number two Lee Westwood and Chile’s Mark Tullo are the leaders of the Scottish open after the first 18 holes.
Both players ended the day on 7 under after shooting impressive 65’s on the Castle Stuart links course.
Tullo, who graduated from the Challenge tour this season, is ranked 232nd in the World and has yet to qualify for next week’s open. That could be about to change however if the player can keep up his impressive start with one spot up for grabs for the leading non exempt player in the top 5.
Tullo was clearly happy after his opening round telling reporters “One of those days I guess you could say, you have some good bounces,”
“This is links golf and you can’t control anything. I actually had fun out there – I’m trying to smile more on the golf course.
“Sometimes I get fired up too easily but I’m trying to smile out there more. I had fun; I actually laughed off some good shots and laughed bad shots.
“I have no experience, but as I said, I hit the ball low, and I have good imagination and pretty good short game. So I don’t want to talk too much, because maybe tomorrow, shoot a bad score. That’s the whole thing, I enjoy playing out here and the wind and the bounces, so there’s a lot of imagination into it.”
Defending champion Eduardo Molinari is just two shots of the lead after an opening 67 which see’s him level with Colin Montgomery. Matt Kuchar is the highest scoring of the 8 American’s on show, with the World number 8 on 2 under 3 ahead of his compatriot Phil Mickelson.
Peter Lawrie is the best of the Irish after he shot a 68 to head into the clubhouse on four under although Padraig Harrington, Shane Lowry, Paul McGinley, Darren Clarke, Graeme McDowell completes a remarkable quintet that are just one stroke behind the Dubliner.
Michael Hoey is level after the opening round with Damien McGrane and Gareth Maybin the only golfer’s from these shores to over par.
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