Jul 9th, 2021
Senior out front at abrdn Scottish Open
Englishman takes one stroke lead on beautiful day at The Renaissance Club
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Senior fired a seven-under-par round of 64 at the Renaissance Club to sit one shot ahead of reigning Race to Dubai champion Lee Westwood and former World Number One Justin Thomas.
"Just good from start to finish really. Had a lot of good numbers on the fairway and could be aggressive to a lot of pins. Rolled the ball really well on the greens and capitalised on the chance I gave myself," said Senior.
Thomas, making his return to Scotland’s Golf Coast after a T9 finish at this event in 2019, carded a flawless round of 65, which included a 90-foot eagle putt on the par five 7th. Westwood, the winner of the Scottish Open in 1998, was also bogey-free.
I didn't play a lot the last couple of weeks. I had a pretty good rest. I played nine holes a couple of times with (his son) Sam. Played yesterday, and just got a feel for the golf course again," said Westwood.
World Number One and U.S. Open Champion Jon Rahm is amongst a group of nine players on five under par, joining Ryder Cup teammates Tommy Fleetwood and Ian Poulter and two-time Rolex Series winner Matt Fitzpatrick in a tie for fourth.
Four Scotsmen sit one shot further back amongst the group on four under par, with Grant Forrest, David Law, Richie Ramsay and Connor Syme all carding rounds of 67.
Rory McIlroy had an indifferent opening round and ended the day on one-under after a 71.