Rejuvenated Harrington shares lead at Scottish Open

  • Rejuvenated Harrington shares lead at Scottish Open

Rejuvenated Harrington shares lead at Scottish Open

However, the 28-year-old could only add a 71 to his opening 74 at the Dundonald Links Course to finish one over par and admitted his birdie attempt on the 18th to have a chance of making the weekend was "terrible".

Ian Poulter and Andrew Dodt are a shot behind after 69s, with Rickie Fowler, Gregory Havret and Nicolas Colsaerts two strokes off the pace.

Four of the highest ranked players in the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open field have expressed their delight at teeing it up in the Home of Golf for a week of links golf ahead of The Open Championship at Royal Birkdale next week.

The Open will see Harrington return to Royal Birkdale, where he won his second Claret Jug, and he may do so on the back of a win if he can maintain his consistent form at Dundonald Links.

"Anything that comes my way from here would be a bonus", said Harrington, who has played just nine events in 2017 and underwent surgery on a trapped nerve in his neck in March.

"I actually changed my irons on Tuesday".

"Sadly, due to personal reasons I've had to withdraw from this week's Scottish, which was a real shame", Els wrote in his weekly newsletter. If I win another major, not a huge deal.

"I was a little bummed that we weren't able to make it back previous year with some schedule conflicts, but after getting the win here in 2015 at Gullane, I always love playing over here in Scotland", Fowler told reporters. Like I said, putts didn't go in, and you can't force that.

He had drifted back to 153rd in the rankings before winning the Portugal Masters in October 2016, but believes any future wins will not come as such a surprise.

"Look, I've got a busy summer coming up".

"But I don't think they will be as much out of the blue going forward".

"But now I'll shift my focus to the tournament here".

"I'm just glad to be back".

Shinkwin has also had to be patient this season after a run of six missed cuts in succession was followed by two disqualifications.

Reigning Open champion Stenson rebounded from a triple-bogey 7 on his first hole (No. 10) after driving left into thick rough and needing three hacks to get the ball out to shoot level par.

The four-time major victor had not missed successive cuts since May 2015 and briefly looked on course to survive after three birdies in an unblemished front nine.