Thorbjørn Olesen shoots 63 in the first round of the Scottish Open at Gullane Golf Club in Scotland.
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Thorbjorn opened the Scottish Open with a -7 under par 63, in benign conditions, to sit on top of the leaderboard with a two shot advantage at Gullane Golf Club.
Thorbjorn has recently returned from three months of injury, but in his first event back, the Mauritius Open in May, lost a play-off. He spoke of his rough times, and how good he is playing now;
“It’s been a tough time but I keep working on the right things and hopefully it will come.”
“I hit almost every green, only missing the 18th, and hit a lot of fairways, which was the key.”
There are no less than eight players tied in second place at -5 under par, after their first rounds of 65; American Ryder Cup player Jimmy Walker, Swede Johan Carlsson, Spaniards Alejandro Cañizares and Adrian Otaegui, and four Englishmen, Seve Benson, Matthew Nixon, Richard Finch and Daniel Brooks.
The next group, at -4 under par has nine players, which includes Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler, Matt Kuchar, Graeme McDowell, and Shane Lowery.
Graeme has been looking at old videos of his swing, when he was winning;
“I’m trying to get back to basics and we have narrowed my stance and used my body to swing the club how I used to.”
“I feel as if in an attempt to improve some things in my technique, I’ve actually got worse.”
“It was also nice to get back on a course that gives you a few opportunities in benign conditions. I just need a few low numbers to get my belief and confidence back and today will go a long way towards that.”
Defending Champion Justin is relying on caddie Mark Fulcher to plot a route around the Gullane Golf Club course;
“He’s doing the hard work and making my schedule a lot easier.”
“It was a pretty stress-free round and I did not burn up too much energy out there.”
Rickie has not played very well since winning The Players;
“There’s nothing you can really do about it. Things just start going the wrong way, and you can’t fix it, and you just kind of forget it. Unfortunate timing.”
“Those days just come, and there’s other days where it goes the other way and you can’t miss the hole.”
“So kind of give and take. That’s the way life is. That’s the way golf is.”
Phil Mickelson carded a -1 under par 69, he won The Open just one mile down the road at Muirfield in 2013, he struggled on the greens here at Gullane.