McDowell predicts first ever European Tour sub-60

Graeme McDowell is predicting the European Tour's first-ever sub-60 could happen at the Scottish Open this weekend.

Updated: July 09, 2011 01:44 IST
  • Total Shares

Castle Stuart: Graeme McDowell is predicting the European Tour's first-ever sub-60 could happen at the Scottish Open this weekend.

The former US Open champion made the claim after being one of three players to set a new course record of eight under par 64 on day two of the event near Inverness.

"There's no doubt someone could break 60, if we get another couple of days like today," said McDowell.

"Someone could go ridiculously low. But it really depends on how the European Tour sets up the course."

McDowell, who was speaking after play was halted at 1500 local time due to an electrical storm, moved into a three way share of the lead at 11-under with the Scottish duo of Scott Jamieson and Peter Whiteford who both recorded 66s.

Spain's Jose Manuel Lara, who signed for a 66, is in fourth place at 10-under par with three players, Belgium's Nicolas Colsaerts, also carding a 66 and both Scotland's Paul Lawrie and Argentina's Angel Cabrera joining McDowell is producing 64s for nine under par totals.

In the history of the European Tour, 16 players have recorded rounds of 60 but no one has yet broken the magical barrier.

The latest was England's Kenneth Ferrie who shot a third round 60 on his way to a share of 11th place in March's Andalucian Open.

McDowell is seeking a first victory this season and he boosted hopes of also capturing a second Scottish Open title with a bogey-free round that included an eagle and six birdies.

"It was a good day's work and when I got to the golf course this morning and we realised conditions were going to be easy, it was a matter of going out there and taking advantage," said McDowell.

"I made a good birdie on 10 and a good par save on 11, and I eagled 12 and birdied 13 to be four-under par through four holes.

"That was a dream start.

"But it's like any links course in the world, if you don't get wind, if you don't get the elements, it will be taken apart, and that was kind of how it was this morning."

Jamieson continues to impress in his European Tour rookie season and with the 27-year odl Glaswegian recording two eagles in the space of three holes, at the par five 18th he was playing as his ninth, and then at the par five second he was playing as his 11th.

"I started my round with a bogey again like I did yesterday, but it was nice to come back with four birdies in a row from my second, and then I chucked in a couple of eagles," he said.

"This is my first full season on the Tour and every week you play on a different golf course with different conditions."

While Jamieson chases a first Tour victory he is also on target to secure the last remaining place into next week's British Open.

Fellow Scot Lawrie also birdied four holes in succession from his fourth hole as the reigning Andalucian Open winner looks to capture a first Scottish Open title.

Triple Major winning Ernie Els bounced back to form with scores of 68 and 69 for a seven under par tally and a stroke behind American and World No. 8 Matt Kuchar (66).

World No. 6 Phil Mickelson capped his round with an 11th hole eagle to finish on four under.

For the latest Sports news , like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and get the NDTV Cricket app for Android or iOS

  • Golf

Leave a comment