Date: July 13, 2007

Mickelson and fab four in Scotland

Phil Mickelson is among a group of four leaders after the first round of the Scottish Open while Australians Marcus Fraser, Peter O&aposMalley and Wade Ormsby are five strokes off the pace at Loch Lomond. In an entertaining day&aposs play, the crowd at the southern Scottish course was treated to a string of birdies from the leading foursome of Mickelson, Soren Hansen, Greame Storm and Lee Westwood who all carded six-under-par 65s. The four players between them carded 23 birdies, an eagle and just one bogey to be one-stroke ahead of a four-way tie for fifth place between Mark Foster, Mikko Ilonen, Christian Nilsson and Marcel Siem. Australian Fraser had an up and down day by the shores of the Loch though, as he recorded five birdies and four bogeys to be five-strokes behind the leaders at one-under par alongside O&aposMalley and Ormsby. Like Fraser, O&aposMalley had an inconsistent day, opening with a birdie and bogey before carding three consecutive birdies coming home to go with a further two bogeys. Ormsby, though, was a fraction more consistent, carding two birdies going out and a bogey on the return to be one-under as well. The first round was not so good for the rest of the Australian contingent though, as Matthew Millar (72), Terry Price (74), Brett Rumford (75) and Andrew Tampion (77) all found themselves carding over-par scores. Results from round one of the Barclays Scottish Open, Scotland: -6: Soren Hansen 65, Phil Mickelson 65, Graeme Storm 65, Lee Westwood 65 -5: Mark Foster 66, Mikko Ilonen 66, Christian L Nilsson 66, Marcel Siem 66 -4: Pelle Edberg 67, Simon Khan 67, Soren Kjeldsen 67, Jos Manuel Lara 67, Shaun Micheel 67, Andres Romero 67, Edward Rush 67, Sam Walker 67 also: -1: Marcus Fraser (Australia) 70, Peter O&aposMalley (Australia) 70, Wade Ormsby (Australia) 70 1: Matthew Millar (Australia) 72 3: Terry Price (Australia) 74 4: Brett Rumford (Australia) 75 6: Andrew Tampion (Australia) 77