Havret's 68 leads at Johnnie Walker

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GLENEAGLES, Scotland — Ryder Cup hopefuls Darren Clarke and Colin Montgomerie had encouraging opening rounds in the Johnnie Walker Championship on Thursday.

Clarke shot a 1-under 72 and Montgomerie had a 74 on The Centenary Course at Gleneagles, where Frenchman Gregory Havret took the first-round lead with a 68.

Nick Dougherty had a 73 to start a late bid to rise from 14th in the standings to the top 10 who qualify automatically. His round contained five birdies and five bogeys on the windy 7,320-yard course with unpredictable greens after recent rain.

Two who could be ousted from the leading 10 on Sunday had mixed fortunes. Ninth-placed Soren Hansen shot a 2-under 71, while Oliver Wilson, 10th, had a 76.

Justin Rose, eighth and at slight risk, shot 73.

Martin Kaymer, 11th, also shot 76. Ross Fisher, 13th, recorded a 72 as the late battle for places on the team heated up.

Ian Poulter, 12th, and Paul Casey, 16th, are playing in Boston this week, both also hoping for wild-card callups from captain Nick Faldo.

Europe defends the Cup from Sept. 19-21 at Valhalla, outside Louisville, Kentucky.

Clarke, who has five Ryder Cup appearances and is fresh off a victory in last week’s Dutch Open, said he almost convinced himself on Wednesday that he loved this course.

“One under was a good score today with the wind and the soft greens,” said the Northern Irishman, who is 17th on the list.

Lee Westwood, his old Cup partner, shot 72 and criticized the greens, saying officials should “rip them up and redo them all.”

Montgomerie, who doubles as the chairman of the tournament, conceded there was a problem.

“I think that some greens drain better than these, there’s no question,” he said. “So we’ll have to look into that at a future date.”

Montgomerie, who has six wins and two ties in singles matches from his eight Cup appearances, probably needs to win this week to convince Faldo to pick him. He is 20th in the standings after a poor summer.

“This was OK. One over is by no means out of this tournament,” said the 45-year-old Scot, who expects to be Ryder Cup captain when the event is played here in 2014.

Havret, who won the Scottish Open at Loch Lomond last year, started at the 10th hole and made three birdies before dropping his only shot at No. 1.

Then he birdied Nos. 4-6 and took a two-stroke lead over Christian Cevaer, Paul Broadhurst, Robert Rock and Gary Orr.

Dougherty was a protege of Faldo when he was younger and badly wants to play on his team at Valhalla. Dougherty’s mother died this year and he has struggled with his form since.

“I decided I’d do my best to make the team because she always wanted me to play the Ryder Cup,” he said. “I’ve always wanted to play in Nick’s team. I’m very tired but as long as I give it everything and leave everything out on the course this week, I’ll be satisfied.”

Scores with relation to par from the first round of the Johnnie Walker Championship, played Aug. 28 at the par-73, 7,374-yard Gleneagles in Perthshire, Scotland (Note: a-amateur):

  1. Gregory Havret 68

    -5 2. Paul Broadhurst 70

    -3 2. Christian Cevaer 70

    -3 2. Gary Orr 70

    -3 2. Robert Rock 70

    -3 6. Gregory Bourdy 71

    -2 6. Bradley Dredge 71

    -2 6. Soren Hansen 71

    -2 6. Jose-Filipe Lima 71

    -2 6. Benoit Teilleria 71

    -2 6. Anthony Wall 71

    -2 6. Martin Wiegele 71

    -2 13. Juan Abbate 72

    -1 13. Emanuele Canonica 72

    -1 13. Darren Clarke 72

    -1 13. Ross Fisher 72

    -1 13. Lee S. James 72

    -1 13. Jonathan Lomas 72

    -1 13. Gareth Paddison 72

    -1 13. Patrik Sjoland 72

    -1 13. Lee Westwood 72

    -1 22. Michael Campbell 73

    E 22. Ariel Canete 73

    E 22. Nick Dougherty 73

    E 22. Simon Dyson 73

    E 22. Pelle Edberg 73

    E 22. Johan Edfors 73

    E 22. Mark Foster 73

    E 22. Raphael Jacquelin 73

    E 22. Thongchai Jaidee 73

    E 22. David Lynn 73

    E 22. Francesco Molinari 73

    E 22. Justin Rose 73

    E 22. Paul Waring 73

    E 22. Marc Warren 73

    E 22. Peter Whiteford 73

    E 37. Sion E. Bebb 74
    + 1 37. Ignacio Garrido 74
    + 1 37. Peter Hanson 74
    + 1 37. Matthew Millar 74
    + 1 37. Colin Montgomerie 74
    + 1 37. Sam Osborne 74
    + 1 37. Alvaro Quiros 74
    + 1 37. Jyoti Randhawa 74
    + 1 37. Marcel Siem 74
    + 1 37. Graeme Storm 74
    + 1 37. Alvaro Velasco 74
    + 1 48. Peter Baker 75
    + 2 48. Alejandro Canizares 75
    + 2 48. Magnus A. Carlsson 75
    + 2 48. Luis Claverie 75
    + 2 48. Francois Delamontagne 75
    + 2 48. Jamie Donaldson 75
    + 2 48. Scott Drummond 75
    + 2 48. Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano 75
    + 2 48. Peter Fowler 75
    + 2 48. Marcus Fraser 75
    + 2 48. Stephen Gallacher 75
    + 2 48. Stephen Gray 75
    + 2 48. Anton Haig 75
    + 2 48. Garry Houston 75
    + 2 48. David Howell 75
    + 2 48. Jose Manuel Lara 75
    + 2 48. Peter Lawrie 75
    + 2 48. Pedro Linhart 75
    + 2 48. Santiago Luna 75
    + 2 48. Stuart Manley 75
    + 2 48. Paul Mckechnie 75
    + 2 48. Gary Murphy 75
    + 2 48. Louis Oosthuizen 75
    + 2 48. David Orr 75
    + 2 48. Chris Wood 75
    + 2 73. Steve Alker 76
    + 3 73. Robert Arnott 76
    + 3 73. Rafa Echenique 76
    + 3 73. Darren Fichardt 76
    + 3 73. Oliver Fisher 76
    + 3 73. Philip Golding 76
    + 3 73. Ricardo Gonzalez 76
    + 3 73. Greig Hutcheon 76
    + 3 73. Martin Kaymer 76
    + 3 73. Søren Kjeldsen 76
    + 3 73. Maarten Lafeber 76
    + 3 73. Barry Lane 76
    + 3 73. Pablo Larrazabal 76
    + 3 73. Paul Lawrie 76
    + 3 73. Sam Little 76
    + 3 73. Paul Mcginley 76
    + 3 73. Rory Mcilroy 76
    + 3 73. Iain Pyman 76
    + 3 73. Lloyd Saltman 76
    + 3 73. Sam Walker 76
    + 3 73. Oliver Wilson 76
    + 3 94. Benn Barham 77
    + 4 94. David Drysdale 77
    + 4 94. Martin Erlandsson 77
    + 4 94. Alfredo Garcia-Heredia 77
    + 4 94. Thomas Levet 77
    + 4 94. Mark Loftus 77
    + 4 94. Pablo Martin 77
    + 4 94. Phillip Price 77
    + 4 94. Lee Slattery 77
    + 4 94. Daniel Vancsik 77
    + 4 94. Julio Zapata 77
    + 4 105. Phillip Archer 78
    + 5 105. Mark Brown 78
    + 5 105. David Griffiths 78
    + 5 105. Peter Hedblom 78
    + 5 105. Michael Jonzon 78
    + 5 105. Jan-Are Larsen 78
    + 5 105. Jean-Francois Lucquin 78
    + 5 105. Graeme Mcdowell 78
    + 5 105. a-Steven Mcewan 78
    + 5 105. Damien Mcgrane 78
    + 5 105. Chapchai Nirat 78
    + 5 105. Peter O’Malley 78
    + 5 105. Hennie Otto 78
    + 5 105. Carlos Rodiles 78
    + 5 105. Mads Vibe-Hastrup 78
    + 5 105. Simon Wakefield 78
    + 5 105. Steve Webster 78
    + 5 105. Tom Whitehouse 78
    + 5 123. Joakim Backstrom 79
    + 6 123. Sam Cairns 79
    + 6 123. David Dixon 79
    + 6 123. Alastair Forsyth 79
    + 6 123. Simon Khan 79
    + 6 123. Michael Lorenzo-Vera 79
    + 6 123. Joost Luiten 79
    + 6 123. Henrik Nystrom 79
    + 6 123. Florian Praegant 79
    + 6 123. Bryan Saltus 79
    + 6 123. Fabrizio Zanotti 79
    + 6 134. Thomas Aiken 80
    + 7 134. Jean-Baptiste Gonnet 80
    + 7 134. Per-Ulrik Johansson 80
    + 7 134. Shiv Kapur 80
    + 7 134. Jason Mccreadie 80
    + 7 134. Edoardo Molinari 80
    + 7 134. Sven Struver 80
    + 7 134. Kyron Sullivan 80
    + 7 134. Carl Suneson 80
    + 7 134. Danny Willett 80
    + 7 144. Fredrik Andersson Hed 81
    + 8 144. Mikael Lundberg 81
    + 8 144. Miles Tunnicliff 81
    + 8 147. Robert Dinwiddie 82
    + 9 147. Mardan Mamat 82
    + 9 147. Andrew Mclardy 82
    + 9 147. a-Keir Mcnicoll 82
    + 9 147. Paolo Terreni 82
    + 9 152. Richard Finch 83
    + 10 152. Mikko Ilonen 83
    + 10 152. James Kamte 83
    + 10 152. Craig Lee 83
    + 10
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