Adrian Otaegui sets early in Scotland EPGA

Ruben Hill
October 17, 2020

Three-time Major victor Harrington was on form, dropping just one stroke and adding seven birdies in his Thursday round, and is sitting tied-fourth, well placed to set a low score in the clubhouse with an early tee time this morning.

It sent him into the clubhouse with a four shot lead over his nearest challengers at the time but he was reined in ever so slightly in the afternoon by South Africa's Bryce Easton and England's Matt Wallace, who both made eagles in their 65s.

It was the opposite for Sharvin, who found himself two under after 10 holes but carded back-to-back bogeys and then a double bogey at the 15th to go over par, eventually signing for a 74.

Otaegui said: "I putted really well".

Further birdies at the first, second, third and seventh ensured a memorable day for the world number 248, who added: "I felt like a good round could come".

"I didn't know how good but the last two weeks, even if the results were not very good, I was playing very well from tee to green and feeling good. But the putter was hot today, that was the main difference".

Paisley birdied three of his final five holes to get to six under, with Scottish Open champion Rai recovering from an opening-hole bogey to also get that number and Harrington mixing seven birdies with a sole bogey to also get within four shots of the lead.

Lee Westwood opened with a five-under 67 and is in the group tied-eighth that also includes Scottish trio Marc Warren, Ewen Ferguson and Scott Jamieson, while home favourite Robert MacIntyre struggled to a first-round 78.

"You're not going to see better greens all year, they're absolutely immaculate".

"You can give yourself a lot of chances".

He'd earlier talked about the Covid-19 protocols being different to those now in America, adding: "People are talking about comparing Europe with the United States and their bubble is far less restrictive".

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