WEST LINTON pro Gareth Wright dug himself out of a divot to finish with a flourish in the opening round of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.
The Edinburgh-based Welshman birdied the last to sign for a level-par 70 – a satisfying effort after he’d been three-over with eight holes to play.
“I found a divot in the middle of the fairway with my drive at the 18th,” said Wright afterwards. “I had 180 yards to the pin, which would have been a perfect 7-iron.
“But I went with a hard 8-iron and hit it to a couple of feet, which was definitely a nice way to finish.”
The Tartan Tour star said he had “mixed emotions” about his first-ever Scottish Open round.
“I was two-under through five and going along really nicely but then dropped four shots in three holes,” he added.
“A 30-foot birdie putt at the 11th got me going again and I’m pleased with the way I played the last eight holes.”
Local amateur Calum Hill opened with a five-over-par 75 and faces a fight to make the cut.
“I didn’t play that great but enjoyed every minute of it and I’m learning a lot this week,” said the Tantallon teenager. “It’s a dream for any Scottish player to tee it up in their national championship. For me to hear the start to say, ‘on the tee from Scotland...Calum Hill’ a few miles from the family home is a fairytale.
“I’m out here playing with some of the biggest names in golf and it’s brilliant.”