Clarke Takes Early Lead at Lomond

At the end of the first day of the Scottish Open at Loch Lomond it was the Northern Irishman Darren Clarke who held the top spot with an impressive six under par 65.

A qualifying spot at the home of golf next week is also up for grabs for the 40 year old which will be driving him on throughout the tournament. A spot is given to the highest top five finisher that hasn’t already qualified.

“This is the first round and there’s an awful long way to go, but of course I would love to qualify – and I would love to be standing on the 18th green here at Loch Lomond with Bob Diamond on Sunday night with The Barclays Scottish Open trophy in my hands” Says Clarke.

Graeme Storm and Edoardo Molinari shared the lead early on in blustering conditions a Loch Lomond, Storm finished the day with 66 which was one shy of his previous years result.

Molinari looked to continue his assault on a potential Ryder Cup spot with his brother by matching Storms round for joint second place which also included McGrane. Earlier on in the day he was sharing the leader with brother Francesco but a slip up on the last two holes saw him finish on 68.

Amoung the chasing pack was the young Japanese golfer Ryo Ishikawa who carded a fantastic 67 to finish just two shots off the pace and share fifth spot with some prestigious company. Fellow Asian YE Yang finished the first day on 72.