Fowler shoots 64 at Scottish Open

Phil Mickelson

Phil Mickelson

List ended the first day with a one-shot lead after he defied his lack of links golf experience to match the course record of 63 at Gullane, while Fowler, Westwood and English veteran Robert Rock all opened with confident 64s.

"I would love to be back out here playing, only previous year I felt it wasn't enough to practice less and play fewer events, that was for better players than me, so I knocked it on the head".

Fowler eagled the short par four sixth - he'd done it in practice as well - but didn't have any birdies after the 13th when it seemed he had the course record in his sights. The 64 is Rock's lowest 18 in 11 Scottish Open appearances.

"Throughout my career, 25 years, there have been a lot of times where I have had to be accountable for decisions I did not make", he said.

Just behind List is a five-man jam at six-under - former Scottish victor Rickie Fowler and Lee Westwood among them while threats like Tyrrell Hatton, Ian Poulter and Danny Willett are not far away. That remains the second and most recent professional win for a player who never wears a golf hat and seemingly never has a hair out of place.

The 41-year-old said he was pleased with his second round score after feeling his play wasn't to the same standard as Thursday's opening round.

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"My job is to be there with him (Wallace) and help him prepare".

On the Challenge Tour, Derry's Ruaidhri McGee was tied for seventh, three shots behind Spain's Mario Galiano and Sweden's Sebastian Soderberg, after opening with a four-under 67 in the Italian Challenge in Sardinia.

In contrast, five-time major victor Phil Mickelson missed the cut after finishing one under par, admitting: "I have some work to do on my game, I didn't play great". If the concrete Open is looming, Gullane will not be far behind.

Fowler, who lifted the coveted trophy the last time it was played at Gullane in 2015, gave himself a chance to break 60 when he reached seven under with his fifth birdie of the round at the 12th but, like most of the field, he found the inward stretch a tough prospect.

Defending champion Rafa Cabrera Bello missed the cut, which came at 4 under, after a 67 left him on 1 under.

Phil Mickelson and Hideki Matsuyama were among those not to survive to the weekend, both getting an early mark to practise at Carnousite ahead of next week's Open Championship.

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