"Peterson, Dodt off to good starts in Scotland"

Fri 14 Jul 2017

"Peterson, Dodt off to good starts in Scotland"

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Scotland, July 14: Asian Tour member Paul Peterson signed for a flawless five-under-par 67 to trail by two shots alongside five other players, including Andrew Dodt of Australia, following the opening round of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open on Thursday.
The 29-year-old American, a one-time winner on the European Tour, returned with a solid round highlighted by five birdies to trail leader Mikko Ilonen of Finland in tied-second place at the Dundonald Links in Troon, Ayrshire.
Andrew Dodt of Australia Andrew Dodt of Australia
Two-time Asian Tour winner Dodt marked his card with seven birdies against two bogeys to match the opening efforts of Ian Poulter, Padraig Harrington and Rickie Fowler, ranked number 10 in the world, at the Scottish showpiece.
“Conditions were quite nice to play in early. It's nice and warm. Not too much wind. As the round went on, it started to get a little bit colder and wind picked up a little bit. It got a bit tricky toward the end but overall, it was a solid day of work,” said the 31-year-old Dodt.
“I feel really comfortable. I play pretty well in the wind so I feel pretty comfortable in these conditions. I had a lot of fun. A lot of quality shots, quality putts. I feel like my game is in a really good place. It's all about keeping the focus and keeping the foot down,” Dodt added.
Chinese Taipei’s Chan Shi-chang carded three birdies against two bogeys en route to a 71. He sits six shots off the pace in tied-35th position alongside a host of players which includes Soomin Lee of Korea and Wade Ormsby of Australia.
Australian trio Marcus Fraser, Sam Brazel and Brett Rumford, Thai star Kiradech Aphibarnrat and S.S.P. Chawrasia of India were amongst those bunched in tied-54th place following matching 72s.
Korean talent Jeunghun Wang posted a 74 while Sweden’s Rikard Karlberg and Scott Hend of Australia signed for identical 75s.
Indian star Anirban Lahiri returned with a 76 while American David Lipsky and Thai veteran Thongchai Jaidee posted disappointing 77s.
Ends.