|Published:||Oct 27, 2011 2:29 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Oct 28, 2011 6:30 AM EDT|
SOTOGRANDE, Spain (AP) - Scottish golfer Richie Ramsay shot a 6-under 65 Thursday to take a two-shot clubhouse lead midway through the first round of the Andalucia Masters.
The 28-year-old Ramsay birdied four of the first 10 holes before an eagle-3 the 11th. His only blemish was a bogey at the par-5 17th on the Valderrama course.
Ross Fisher of England was two shots behind, while Frenchman Gregory Havret and Scottish golfer Stephen Gallagher both shot 68 to trail Ramsay.
Fisher made three early birdies before a triple bogey at No. 8. But he stuck an approach at the next hole to within four feet for another birdie, and picked up three more shots on the back nine.
Martin Kaymer started with three bogeys but recovered for a 71, to sit level with Spanish playing partner Miguel Angel Jimenez. Austrian player Martin Wiegele also shot a 71, while Peter Hanson of Sweden and Mark Foster of England were seven shots back after rounds of 72.
Defending champion Graeme McDowell trailed Ramsay by eight shots after a tough start. The golfer from Northern Ireland nearly had a hole-in-one at the par-3 15th but missed his birdie putt. He then bogeyed No. 16 and rolled a 10-foot birdie putt wide after recovering from a terrible approach at the tough 17th.
Sergio Garcia, coming off his first victory in three years, was 2 under through 10 holes as he leads the charge for a first Spanish victory at Valderrama since it started hosting events in 1988.
Fellow Spanish player Alvaro Quiros shot a 76 on an overcast day at the course famed for its tight fairways and undulating greens.