Jeev Milkha Singh got off to a solid start with a five-under 67, on a rather generous course on the first day of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at Castle Stuart Links on Thursday.
The defending champion was among the top 10 as the first round was yet to be completed. Jeev had eight birdies, but he also gave away three bogeys.
India’s other challenger, SSP Chowrasia shot two-under 70.
“I am enjoying myself, the weather has been excellent, though there was some pressure. The pressure comes because when you want to do the best every time you tee up,” said Jeev. England’s John Parry (64) took the clubhouse lead midway through the opening round as Phil Mickelson (66) also started strongly.