GLENEAGLES, Scotland — Paul Lawrie shot a bogey-free 67 in rainy conditions Thursday for a one-stroke lead in the Johnnie Walker Championship.
Defending champion Gregory Havret, Steven O’Hara, Wade Orsmby and Ake Nilsson were a shot back.
Lawrie, who is working with Padraig Harrington’s coach Bob Torrance, had an eagle-3 from 45 feet at the ninth hole.
Lawrie said he doesn’t mind playing in bad weather.
“With the rain, the last five or six holes were very tough,” he said. “I never really struggled except at the 18th, where I hooked my second shot.”
He still made par.
Colin Montgomerie had an opening 76 for the second straight week, although he’s just 4 over par. Last week, he missed the cut at the Dutch Open.
“I didn’t play well, obviously. I’ve been playing badly all year and it just continues,” said Montgomerie, who made double-bogey on the 13th and seventh holes after starting at the 10th.