Andrew Oldcorn finds rhythm in Senior Open at Porthcawl

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CAPITAL ace Andrew Oldcorn seamlessly swapped Royal Burgess for Royal Porthcawl to make his presence felt on the leaderboard in the first round of the Senior Open Championship.

A week ago, the 54-year-old was playing parkland golf in his home city as the Barnton club staged an event on the PGA EuroPro Tour.

He finished outside the top 30 but the main priority was to stop being rusty for this week’s more important date on his 2014 schedule.

“If I hadn’t played at the Burgess last week, I’d have come here without playing tournament golf for 16 days,” said Oldcorn. “I’d already gone ten days without playing and it showed as my golf for the first two days was brutal but I found my rhythm in the final round.”

The former PGA champion was speaking after making a superb transition to a fiery links course in South Wales.

He carded four birdies in an opening two-under-par 69 to sit fourth, four behind leader Bernhard Langer, heading into today’s second round in the £1.25 million event.

“I couldn’t be happier as any time you shoot under par on a golf course as tough as that in a major championship is pleasing,” admitted the Kings Acre-based player.

“I’ve played an awful lot of links golf from my youth all the way through my career, but that’s as fiery a golf course as I’ve ever played.

“It’s so difficult to keep the ball on the right parts of the fairways and all I tried to do after that was just aim for the middle of the greens and get as close to the pin as possible.”

Archerfield ace DJ Russell, the other Lothians-based player in the field, dropped five shots in the last five holes for a 77.