Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open
Rock remains solid to lead field at Gullane
Leader Robert Rock will look to keep up the good work when he tees off in the third round of the Scottish Open at Gullane (pic: SNS Group)
Robert Rock made the most of the favourable conditions to take a two-shot lead into the weekend at the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open after an impressive bogey-free round of 63.
On a low scoring day in East Lothian – which saw the course record broken twice – the Englishman got to 13 under par to stay ahead of compatriot Tyrrell Hatton, who also remained bogey-free with his round of 64.
Hatton was joined on 11 under par by Sweden’s Jens Dantorp, who was on course to claim solo second place before dropping his only shot of the day on the last.
The 2015 Scottish Open champion Rickie Fowler continued his good form around the Gullane links, also dropping a single shot in his round of 66 to sit at ten under par alongside England’s Eddie Pepperell, who got his round off to a flying start with two birdies and an eagle in his first four holes.
The 23-time European Tour winner Lee Westwood, China’s Haotong Li, Swede Alexander Björk and Scott Fernandez of Spain are in a share of sixth place on nine under par, while a further five players sit one shot further back.
Scotland’s Connor Syme kick-started his tournament with stunning round of 62 to set a new course record, which was then bettered by Hideto Tanihara’s 61 later in the day. Both are amongst a group of 11 players on seven under par.
“My swing didn’t feel as good today but I managed to get a better score out of it which was surprising, but that is part of the four-round process,” said Rock.
“If you can do that when you don’t feel quite as good, that’s something.
“Today wasn’t obviously as good tee-to-green but I did make some good up-and-downs, and my long putting’s been good, which this type of golf demands, really.”
127 R Rock (Eng) 64 63
129 T Hatton (Eng) 65 64, J Dantorp (Swe) 64 65
130 E Pepperell (Eng) 67 63, R Fowler (USA) 64 66
131 H Li (Chn) 66 65, L Westwood (Eng) 64 67, S Fernandez (Esp) 64 67, A Björk (Swe) 67 64
132 L List (USA) 63 69, T Immelman (RSA) 68 64, A Rai (Eng) 69 63, S Horsfield (Eng) 67 65, D Frittelli (RSA) 65 67
133 H Tanihara (Jpn) 72 61, M Siem (Ger) 66 67, C Hoffman (USA) 67 66, S Brown (Eng) 69 64, R Knox (Sco) 66 67, J Rose (Eng) 67 66, S Kjeldsen (Den) 66 67, I Poulter (Eng) 66 67, T Jaidee (Tha) 68 65, G Fernandez – Castaño (Esp) 67 66, C Syme (Sco) 71 62
136: J McLeary (Sco) 68 68, R Gouveia (Por) 68 68, S Gallacher (Sco) 70 66
139 M Warren (Sco) 68 71, D Drysdale (Sco) 69 70, P Whiteford (Sco) 65 74, J Wang (Kor) 70 69, S Jamieson (Sco) 71 68, P Mickelson (USA) 70 69