Words by BGB Editorial
NORTH BERWICK, Scotland: Lee Westwood rolled back the years to post a flawless opening round of 62 and take a one shot lead at the Aberdeen Investment Solutions Scottish Open on Thursday.
The English star – who won the event 22 years ago at Loch Lomand – took advantage of the more favourable afternoon conditions to roll in a brace of eagles in the space of five holes, and five birdies to set the leading score at nine-under par.
“You’ve got to be patient. If you’re not three or four under early you can start chasing and getting aggressive. You have to break it down and play the course on its merits.”Lee Westwood
Sweden’s Alexander Bjork and Joost Luiten of the Netherlands took possession of second spot, a shot adrift of the leader.
The early starters got the rough end of the stick weather-wise with rain and wind making it a miserable start to the prestigious event.
“I opened the curtains this morning and thought, ooh, that looks rough,” said Westwood who is familiar with the layout having lived in Edinburgh for a time during his early career.
“But that was the forecast, chilly and damp and then clearing up as the day went on.
“You’ve still got to make hay while the sun shines or the wind drops and I did that. You’ve got to be patient. If you’re not three or four under early you can start chasing and getting aggressive. You have to break it down and play the course on its merits.
“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.”
Local lad Scott Jamieson lies on seven-under, with fellow countryman Craig Lee another shot back alongside England’s Robert Rock and Finland’s Kalle Samooja.
After last week’s heroics, Thailand’s Jazz Janewattananond navigated the worst of the early conditions to post a solid one-under par 71 for a share of 39th position.