There are two players tied at the top of the Scottish Open leaderboard, Scott Hend and Felipe Aguilar battled the wild and windy day at Castle Stuart Golf Links.
Scott, from Australia, just loves links golf, and the tough conditions, carding an opening round in the Scottish Open of -3 under par 69;
“It’s awesome fun. It’s awesome. Doesn’t matter how hard it is. When you play links golf, it’s just awesome. It’s great.”
I love it. I love it. It beats your head in, kicks you around, and sometimes you get it back. It’s just great. Great fun. It’s exciting.”
“Obviously conditions were quite tough and it was a little bit scrappy with some putts not quite getting to the hole but overall I’m very happy.”
Felipe is from Chile, and he spoke about the difficult conditions, and not making too many mistakes in his -3 under 69;
“It was very difficult golf today, really windy after the second hole.”
“You have to be really patient out here, but this is just the first day. The course is playing really difficult.”
“You have some holes that you can actually reach the green in one but if you miss it on the wrong side, it’s not very easy to make an up and down from there.
“We didn’t make too many mistakes except for two bogeys on nine and 18 but you’re going to make some bogeys out here.”
“You have to make sure you make some birdies, also.”
Very close behind them are a group of eight players on -2 under par 70, they include, two-time Open Championship winner Padraig Harrington, former US Open champion Graeme McDowell, and former US PGA Championship winner YE Yang.
These guys are followed by a bunch of ten players on -1 under par, Luke Donald, Danny Lee, Matteo Manassero, Rafa Cabrera Bello and Branden Grace are in this group.
Phil Mickelson struggled round in +4 over par 76, Shane Lowry +5 over 77, which was not too bad considering the worst score of the day was +16 over 88.