Scott Jamieson & Daniel Gaunt are tied at the top of the M2M Russian Open leaderboard after the first round at Skolkovo Golf Club in Moscow.
Scotland’s Scott Jamieson and Australia’s Daniel Gaunt,
Both players carded first rounds of -6 under par 65 in the opening round of the M2M Russian Open in a chilly and damp Moscow.
Scott set the clubhouse lead with his bogey free 65 early in the day, and said he was pleased with the round, starting at the tenth. He just missed a birdie at his last hole, the par three 9th but was happy to tap in for par on a tough hole;
“The birdie putt at nine was looking good but it was just a relief to see it settle just a foot from the hole.”
“It’s a tough hole today, playing into the wind with a back pin so three is a good score there.”
Daniel had a mixed bag, an Eagle chip in at the 12th and a double bogey on fifteen, but recovered well, with a host of one putts;
“I have been playing well. Last week, I wasn’t stressed about missing the cut.”
“It was a good bounce back on the 16th and 18th there after a double bogey at fifteen.”
“Apart from that I played great golf today. I holed loads of putts and started with a load of one-putts.”
“I had a great chip in at the 12th. I bombed a driver and then cut a little three-wood in because the hybrid was going to go the opposite way so I missed it just right and committed to the chip and it just ran out perfectly, right in the middle.”
“I got told I was playing great golf and I just came out here believing that now and if I can keep that up, one shot at a time, the results will take care of themselves.”
Lee Slattery and Bradley Dredge are tied in third place at -5 under par, posting good rounds of 66.
Bradley was happy with his solid start to the competition;
“I’m very pleased with five under, it’s a good score around here today.”
“It got a bit tricky at times, we had some breeze and a bit of rain, so a couple of things to contend with but overall a good score.”
“Obviously it’s only round one and there’s a long way to go, but you can certainly put yourself out of it on the first day so I played steady apart from a couple of poor shots around the turn.”
“Other than that, a good solid round.”
There are no less than eight players tied on -4 under par, including last weeks winner, David Horsey, so its going to be a tight tussle for this title.