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Hend leads Australians with opening 66 in Scotland

Hend makes strong start at the Gullane Golf Club (Photo: Asian Tour )
Californian Luke List grabbed a late lead at the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open, the 33 year old PGA Tour player, who received an invitation from tournament sponsors to play in the lead-up to next week’s Open Championship, opening with a round of 7 under par 63 at the Gullane Golf Club.

List, who has yet to win on the PGA Tour, leads by one over former champion at this venue, Rickie Fowler, England’s Robert Rock and Lee Westwood, Spain’s Scott Fernandez, and Swede Jens Dantrop.

Included in List’s start were two bogeys and nine birdies making the effort even more impressive.

List has played well on the PGA Tour this season finishing 2nd at the Honda Classic and 3rd at the Heritage although his only win to date as a professional has been a victory on the Web.Com Tour in 2012 prior to joining the PGA Tour.

“It's been over a dozen years since I've been to the UK to play golf, and my first Open next week, so excited about that," said List. "Got some good memories here. A dozen years ago, I played the Palmer Cup in southwest Scotland and come up here to Muirfield with my family here, so been a great start.”

List has a start at the Open courtesy of his standing on the current FedEx Cup points list.

Masters champion Patrick Reed was amongst a large group at 5 under and two from the lead. Reed raced to the turn in 29 with five consecutive birdies from the 2nd hole. 

The leading Australian after day one is Scott Hend who was round in 4 under 66 to be three off the lead and tied for 15th. The highlight of Hend's round was an eagle at the par 4 6th hole.

Of the other Australians, Adam Bland is at 3 under, Wade Ormsby and Cameron Smith at 2 under with Jason Scrivener and Sam Brazel the next best at even par.

New Zealander Ryan Fox is tied with Bland at 3 under and continues his good recent form.

On a day where conditions allowed with gentle winds and slow greens, 96 players had finished the opening day under par.  

Not only is the title at stake this week but the leading three players inside the top ten this week and not otherwise exempt will earn a late inclusion in the field for next week’s Open Championship.

Only Cameron Smith and Brett Rumford amongst the Australians in this week’s field have a guaranteed start at Carnoustie next week.

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