Andrew Oldcorn rues letting SPGA lead slip

Andrew Oldcorn had to settle for a 68 after a promising start. Pic: Ian Rutherford
Andrew Oldcorn had to settle for a 68 after a promising start. Pic: Ian Rutherford
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Capital ace Andrew Oldcorn was kicking himself after letting the lead slip from his grasp in the opening round of the Gleneagles Scottish PGA Championship.

The Kings Acre player was out in front in the Tartan Tour’s flagship event after covering the first 12 holes on the King’s Course in a majestic seven-under-par.

But he eventually had to settle for a three-under 68 and a share of fifth at the end of day one after seeing his momentum halted by a single poor shot.

“I was in the middle of the 13th fairway and totally fatted a 3-iron 80 yards,” said Oldcorn. “It was out of nowhere as I was playing fantastic.”

A bogey there was followed by a double at the next as the 2001 PGA champion ended the day three shots behind two former winners – Chris Kelly (Cawder) and Graham Fox (Clydeway Golf).

“I feel that I have totally wasted an opportunity to get a foothold into the tournament yet again,” added Oldcorn in reference to the 8 he ran up at the 18th in round one in last week’s P&H Championship at Dundonald Links.

Marriott Dalmahoy’s Mark Kerr matched Oldcorn’s opening effort, while Gareth Wright, last year’s runner-up from West Linton, was just a shot behind his Capital counterparts.

“I didn’t play much over the winter as I’m working more in the Canny Mans,” said Kerr of the iconic Morningside pub owned by his family. “I’m trying to enjoy my golf and feel less pressure due to having no expectations at all.”