Oct 2nd, 2020
Westwood rolls back the years in Scotland
Englishman leads Scottish Open after course record at The Renaissance Club
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The Englishman made the most of the favourable afternoon conditions at The Renaissance Club, equaling the course record, as he now goes in search of a third Rolex Series title.
The 47-year-old claimed his first European Tour win in four years with victory in the 2018 Nedbank Golf Challenge hosted by Gary Player, before earlier this year holding off the chasing pack of Matt Fitzpatrick, Tommy Fleetwood and Victor Perez to claim the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA title.
“I didn't put myself under too much pressure all day. I played solidly. We got the good end of the draw, there's no doubt about that, in the afternoon lot." said Westwood.
“But you've got to make the most of it when it does happen to you. That's links golf, and you know you're going to be on the wrong side of it often enough, so when you're on the right side of it, you've got to try to make the most of it."
Sweden’s Alexander Björk and Dutchman Joost Luiten are one shot off the pace at eight-under-par with local favourite Scott Jamieson at seven under.
Scotsman Craig Lee, who has not played a European Tour event since the 2017 Andalucía Valderrama Masters, is currently tied sixth alongside Englishman Robert Rock and Finland’s Kalle Samooja.
Meanwhile Scottish Major winner Paul Lawrie confirmed her will call time on his European Tour career after completing his 620th appearance on Scotland’s Golf Coast.