Johnnie Walker Championship: Bernd Wiesberger and Ricardo Gonzalez lead after round one
Last Updated: 23/08/13 9:45am
Bernd Wiesberger: Share of the lead after round one
Bernd Wiesberger of Austria and Argentina's Ricardo Gonzalez shared the lead after opening round of the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles.
The duo both posted seven-under-par 65s, Wiesberger carding seven birdies during his flawless round and Gonzalez mixing seven birdies and an eagle with a couple of bogeys.
That left them a stroke clear of a group of six players that included three Englishmen; Oliver Fisher, Mark Foster and Ross Fisher, as well as Spain's Ignacio Garrido, Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee and Australian Brett Rumford.
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Wiesberger - who lost out in a five-man play-off in the event two years ago but won twice on the European Tour last season - said: "If you're in a play-off and you have to settle for second obviously you're disappointed, but at the time I was not safe with my card so it was progress for me.
"Coming back I can feed off those good memories and I like playing in these colder conditions as well, I think it suits me."
Meanwhile, it was also a good day for European Ryder Cup skipper Paul McGinley who shot a 68 to sit tied 14th after the first day.
However, the Irishman dismissed the notion of qualifying for his own side, despite showing some prospective team members how it is done around the Gleneagles lay-out.
McGinley on song
Following his impressive efforts on the Centenary Course - which will stage the biennial contest next year - the 46-year-old said he would not even consider the prospect of playing in the event.
First round leaderboard
(GB & Ire unless stated)
-7 R Gonzalez (Arg)
-7 B Wiesberger (Aus)
-6 O Fisher
-6 R Fisher
-6 M Foster
-6 I Garrido (Spa)
-6 T Jaidee (Tha)
-6 B Rumford (Aus)
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"To be honest I think I won't even have myself on the points list," said McGinley, who holed the winning putt at The Belfry in 2002 and also played in the record victories in 2004 and 2006.
"If I start playing well it's a big bonus but one thing is for sure, there's no way I can be a playing captain. Let's put it in perspective, I've had a good round today but I've had a mediocre season, probably a poor season, to be honest so far."
McGinley felt a course playing much firmer than in previous years and with less severe rough suited his game, but he will seek input from likely team members before deciding how to make the most of home advantage next year.
"The jury is still out at the moment, but it's been a huge learning curve to go to the other end of the scale in terms of the set-up of the golf course this week," added McGinley, who took plenty of notes in his yardage book on the way round.
"I lost a ball with my second shot into the 15th last year and I was probably three yards left of the green. This year it's good rough, but not unplayable. I don't know which way we'll go yet, but it's good to get both perspectives."