Adam Scott is hoping a change in his usual schedule to play in this week's Scottish Open will be pivotal in ending a 24-year Australian win drought at the Open Championship. "Fortunately I was working hard with my coach Mike Walker in France and managed to find an extra piece to the puzzle to try and fix up my season and it's worked so far".
"I was used to playing in the wind from Australia but I was about 16-years-old when I took my first trip to Scotland to play some junior tournaments and do a bit of a tour around all the great courses".
"Sadly, due to personal reasons I've had to withdraw from this week's Scottish, which was a real shame", Els wrote in his weekly newsletter.
Speaking about his own first round, which sees him up to co-leader along with Callum Shinkwin, Andrew Dodt and Ian Poulter, Fowler said: "Thursday is all about getting off to a good start and I did a great job of that".
Scott is looking for his second victory in Scotland - 15 years after running away with the Scottish PGA Championship at Gleneagles by 10 shots.
Wedge play was McIlroy's undoing, too, on a day the out-of-form world No. 4 failed to shoot the consistent round he has seeking ahead of the Open.
"I also enjoy playing the week before the Majors just to get myself ready to go, tick off some boxes".
"We flew back down to Surrey where we were all staying at the time and we went out for a few that night". "But they're good to have", Poulter claimed.
Stenson, now ranked seventh in the world, missed the cut at the recent US Open but bounced back to form a week later in Munich, finishing 10th in the defence of his BMW International Open title.
Unlike McIlroy, Poutler highlighted his 67 with a two-foot tap-in eagle on his fifth and just nine days after qualifying for Royal Birkdale where he celebrated a best Open finish of second in 2008.
The American picked up where he left off in 2015 at the warmup event for the British Open, avoiding trouble and rolling in five birdies at Dundonald Links to shoot a 5-under 67 in the first round.
"It's a real treat and I like to take advantage of that". I will have tournaments where I shoot good rounds like this and get into the lead.
Branden Grace, who is ranked 35th in the world, nearly took home the Scottish Open title when he lost to Phil Mickelson in a sudden-death playoff for the 2013 title at Castle Stuart.